Trump has threatened to withdraw the U.S. from NATO, if the allies won’t increase military spending
Moscow. July 12. INTERFAX.RU — the US President, Donald trump declared to the NATO allies about the readiness to withdraw the U.S. from membership in the Alliance if NATO members do not agree as soon as possible to increase their defence spending, says the American online publication Politico, citing sources.
“The US President Donald trump threatened to break up with NATO and to deal with the security of America unilaterally if the allies immediately do not achieve their objectives, implying a higher defence spending, say NATO officials and diplomats”, — the newspaper notes.
It became known yesterday that the trump of the NATO summit in Brussels, said the colleagues from other countries of the Alliance that should have been aspiring to spend on defense 4% of GDP. This is now NATO countries confront the task of ensuring defence spending of at least 2% of GDP.
Bloomberg reported that about trump’s proposal to increase defense spending to 4% of GDP, said the President of Bulgaria, rumen Radev.
President trump, who spoke, raised the question today about how to not only reach 2%, but to set a new target of 4%. He left right after he announced it.Rumen Radev, President of Bulgaria
White house spokesman Sarah Sanders confirmed to the Associated Press that trump has put forward the idea of increasing military expenditures of countries-members of NATO to 4% of GDP during the meeting behind closed doors with participants of the NATO summit on Wednesday.
According to estimates of NATO, the 15 members of the Alliance, that is a little more than half will be able to reach the level of military spending at 2% of GDP by 2024, as previously agreed.
It is unknown what the term trump wants to get a four percent increase in defense spending from its NATO allies.
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