Germany refused to increase defense spending to NATO’s desired minimum

Martin Schaefer

Medium-term financial plans of Germany not include raising the defense spending to two percent of GDP. This is the representative of the German foreign Ministry Martin Schaefer said during his briefing, his words RIA Novosti reported.

It is also called “being realistic” in the issue of increasing military budgets.

On March 19 the Minister of defence of Germany Ursula von der Leyen responded to the words of the President of the United States Donald trump: he said that Berlin owes NATO a huge amount of money. “NATO has no delinquent accounts,” said von der Leyen. According to her, the financial contribution to peacekeeping missions, the fight against “Islamic state” (banned in the Russian organization), which is not part of the mandate of the Alliance, and a variety of humanitarian programs is also available on this expenditure.

March 18, trump commented on the talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying that the meeting was fine. At the same time the head of state noted that the Berlin allegedly owed to NATO and the United States. According to him, the need to pay for “powerful and very expensive defense that we provide in Germany.” Meeting trump and Merkel took place on Friday, March 17, during the visit of Chancellor in the United States.