Trump proposes NATO Allies to double Defense funding but many do not agree July 11, 2018
US President Donald Trump had made the remarks during the NATO’s summit in Brussels and push pressed on NATO allies to commit 4% of their annual output (GDP) to military spending. In fact Donald Trump backs NATO’s plan to bolster defenses against Russia.
"During the president's remarks today at the NATO summit he suggested that countries not only meet their commitment of 2% of their GDP on defense spending, but that they increase it to 4%, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. The president raised this same issue when he was at NATO last year”.
NATO Allies reiterated a pledge to boost defense spending. Jens Stoltenberg, NATO's secretary-general said the main focus should be on all members reaching the current target of 2% of GDP.
President Trump said that NATO members, particularly Germany, must spend a target two percent of national income on military defense, a goal they must meet by 2024.
Meanwhile leaders of Italy, Canada and France later mentioned that they didn’t coordinate, agree to pay more than 2% of GDP according to decisions agreed in Norfolk in 2014, GB.
Heads of State and Government participating in the meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Brussels 11-12 July 2018 also taken far-reaching decisions to adapt and strengthen the NATO Command Structure. In particular to establish a Cyberspace Operations Centre in Belgium, a Joint Force Command Norfolk headquarters in the United States to focus on protecting the transatlantic lines of communication, and a Joint Support and Enabling Command in Germany to ensure freedom of operation and sustainment in the rear area in support of the rapid movement of troops and equipment into, across, and from Europe”, statement said.
Members of Alliance put on hold collaboration with Russia and reinforce their presence in Eastern Europe. NATO established a forward presence in the eastern part of the Alliance which is now operational and its full implementation will continue.
In light of Ukraine’s restated aspirations for NATO membership, they confirm their “decisions taken at the Bucharest Summit and subsequent Summits”.
But at the same time, NATO’s members also look forward to further progress in Ukraine’s efforts to overcome significant remaining challenges and ensure the full implementation and sustainability of ambitious but necessary reforms, “which should be fully in line with Ukraine’s international obligations and commitments”.
“The success of wide-ranging reforms, including combatting corruption and promoting an inclusive electoral process, based on democratic values, respect for human rights, minorities and the rule of law, will be crucial in laying the groundwork for a prosperous and peaceful Ukraine firmly anchored among European democracies committed to common values. We welcome significant reform progress already made, in particular with the recent adoption of the Law on the High anti-Corruption Court and the Law on National Security”, declaration said.
At the same time, participants call “for the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements by all sides, and support the efforts of the Normandy format and the Trilateral Contact Group”. “We strongly condemn Russia’s illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea, which we do not and will not recognize”, document said.