The Guardian / Euronews: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said: “We don’t accept his legal annexation of Crimea, we don`t accept cyber propaganda, interference in domestic political processes. “But for me that is not an argument in favor of isolating Russia or stop talking to Russia. Actually, I think the opposite. I think when tensions are high it is even more important to talk to Russia.” Moscow will be closely watching what comes out of the Brussels summit.
“Russia is regarding as a threat the forthcoming change of strategy, especially the initiative 4х30 which means to have ready for action 30 ships, 30 battalions and 30 air force squadrons,” said said Aleksandr Goltz, a Russian military analyst.
But all of this depends on the amount of money NATO members are willing to stump up – which is of course a hot topic Trump is fiercely pursuing.
Donald Trump has told other Nato countries to spend as much as 4% of their GDP on defence after launching an extraordinary tirade against Germany on the first day of the Nato summit.
The US president had suggested doubling the existing 2% target, the Bulgarian president told reporters, even though just five countries, including the US and the UK, have already met it.
The Nato general secretary, Jens Stoltenberg, said after the meeting that all member countries had agreed they needed to share the burden and spending on defence more fairly.
After decades of cuts, last year saw the biggest increase in Nato defence spending since the cold war.
The White House confirmed Trump’s remarks.
Based on Nato figures for 2017, the US spends 3.58% of GDP on defence. The UK spends 2.14%.