Europe needs to increase military spending, says Dutch PM

  03 October 2019    Read: 811
Europe needs to increase military spending, says Dutch PM

Europe needs to increase military spending to keep the transatlantic NATO alliance alive in the face of rising threats from Russia, China and elsewhere, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Thursday, AzVision.az reports citing Reuters.

Europe has no alternative to its alliance with the United States, Rutte said in a speech. “We can’t guarantee our own security. But Europe can and should do more.”

To protect NATO, Europe needs to heed the call of U.S. President Donald Trump and increase military spending, the Dutch prime minister said.

“We might not like it, but the days in which Europe could for a minimal fee find shelter under the American safety umbrella are over.”

NATO members in 2014 agreed they would increase military spending to 2% of their gross domestic product (GDP) by 2024.

Dutch military spending has been increased by 25% since 2014, but still only reached 1.2% of GDP last year.

Europe has no alternative to its alliance with the United States, Rutte said in a speech. “We can’t guarantee our own security. But Europe can and should do more.”

To protect NATO, Europe needs to heed the call of U.S. President Donald Trump and increase military spending, the Dutch prime minister said.

“We might not like it, but the days in which Europe could for a minimal fee find shelter under the American safety umbrella are over.”

NATO members in 2014 agreed they would increase military spending to 2% of their gross domestic product (GDP) by 2024.

Dutch military spending has been increased by 25% since 2014, but still only reached 1.2% of GDP last year.


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