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Estonian President calls for NATO to increase defense spending

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul8,2024

Estonian President calls for NATO to increase defense spending

Photo: Alar Karis/president .gov.ua

Estonian President Alar Karis addressed NATO allies, calling on them to increase defense spending.

The politician said this during a meeting with his Lithuanian counterpart Gitanas Nausėda,&nbsp ;reported by ERR.

Caris is convinced that in the next decade Russia will only increase its military power.

He indicated that NATO countries need to consider increasing defense spending to 3% gross domestic product, since the previous 2% is no longer enough.

This prospect is also extremely important in the context of providing military assistance to Ukraine.

– The alliance must send a clear signal that the bloc will support Ukraine as long as necessary. Ukraine's membership in NATO is non-negotiable; the process of joining the Alliance is irreversible, — summed up Karis.

Previously BAGNET reported that in 2024, only five countries in the North Atlantic bloc increased defense spending to over 3% of GDP.

This list includes Estonia, Poland, Greece, Latvia and the USA.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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