The US and the UK calls for increases in military spending of NATO members due to “Russian aggression.”
NATO members should dramatically increase their military spending, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said during his first appearance at a NATO meeting on Friday. The diplomat also loudly denounced “Russian aggression” and pledged US support for NATO. The statements were rewarded with applause from NATO members.
The idea that NATO needs to greatly increase spending was initially put forward by British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon and US Defense Secretary James Mattis, who noted that all member nations needs to spend 2% of their annual GDP to support the alliance, as well as must commit to increases in “real terms” year over year.
The most part of the alliance’s members do not spend 2% of their GDP on the military needs because they have not any real need to do this, as these states do not participate in massive foreign wars and do not have even potential enemies near their borders. So, Germany made it clear that it does not want to waste such money on military spending.
During his speech, the US Secretary of State also reminded all NATO members about the need to commit to “stability” in the Middle East, as well as stressed the importance of readiness to fight against “Russian aggression,” which was used as the main explanation in appeals about the spending increases.