What’s behind Trump’s demands on NATO?


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President Trump last week demanded that NATO allies, who have already pledged to increase their military spending to 2 percent of GDP by 2024, raise their spending to 4 percent.

This is supposedly necessary to defend against Russia.  Whether or not he really thinks Russia is that much of a threat, the fact is that the European members of NATO already outspend Russia by a considerable amount.

According to the Stockholm International Peace Institute, Russia’s spending military spending last year was $66.3 billion, down from $69.2 billion in 2016.

France spent $57.8 billion, the UK spent $47.2 billion and Germany spent $44.3 billion—a combined total of $149.3 billion, more than double what Russia spent.  Estimated US spending was $610 billion.

The International Institute for Strategic Studies made different but similar estimates.

Its estimate was that Russia spent $61.2 billion last year, while the UK spent $50.7…

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One thought on “What’s behind Trump’s demands on NATO?

  1. Some peacekeeping activities would be even better. NATO stopped the dialogue with Russia long time ago, and Russia feels a threat from the West as in the past quite often has happened. Nobody reflects such psychological aspects of this Eastern gigant. The mistakes were made many years ago and are hard to repair.

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