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Stoltenberg: More than 20 NATO members will spend at least 2% of GDP on defense in 2024

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun18,2024

Stoltenberg: more than 20 NATO members will spend at least 2% of GDP on defense in 2024

More than 20 NATO countries will achieve the target of spending at least 2% of GDP on defense this year, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday, June 17.

During talks with President Joe Biden at the White House, Stoltenberg said the number of NATO allies now meeting that spending target is much higher than five years ago. Then the number of such countries did not exceed a dozen, reports Reuters.

"Across Europe and Canada, NATO allies are increasing defense spending by 18% this year, the biggest increase in decades , and 23 allies are going to spend 2% of GDP or more on defense this year,” said the head of the Alliance.

Stoltenberg arrived in Washington to prepare for the NATO summit, which will be held in the US capital in next month.

Biden said the alliance was facing one of the most important moments for Europe since World War II, as Ukraine battles Russian forces.

“We've strengthened NATO's eastern flank, making it clear that we will defend every inch of it,” Biden said.

Stoltenberg noted that when NATO leaders set a 2% of GDP target at their summit in 2014, only three members met it – the United States, Greece and the United Kingdom. NATO then had 28 members; it now has 32.

Speaking to reporters after his speech, Stoltenberg said the trend of increasing NATO military spending was driven by Russia's seizure of Crimea in 2014.

Stoltenberg said NATO defense spending would be a top topic at the alliance's summit in Washington next month, followed by talk of Russia's war in Ukraine. He also called for no repetition of the delay in providing US military aid to Ukraine that occurred earlier this year.

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 1-800-268-7116

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