Jens Stoltenberg Urges Member States to Increase Military Spending
NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg Says North Atlantic Bloc Countries Should Spend More on Defense as the Alliance Faces Russia's Military Buildup .
Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO has increased its military presence, especially on the eastern flank to send a “very clear signal” to Moscow that if any member of the alliance is attacked, the entire alliance will respond.
NATO countries should spend more on defense as “we live in a more dangerous world” and the alliance continues to support Ukraine against Russia, the head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization told Sky News.
As Sky News notes, member states NATO sent weapons, ammunition and many types of light and heavy military equipment to Ukraine, including anti-tank and anti-aircraft systems, howitzers and drones.
Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told Sky News anchor Kay Burley that his organization is helping Ukraine “defend its right to self-defense” and allegedly preventing the conflict from escalating outside the country. At the same time, he stressed that NATO and allies allegedly “are not parties to the conflict,” but the alliance increased its military presence, especially on the eastern flank, in order to send Moscow a “very clear signal” that in the event of an attack on any ally, NATO will respond the entire alliance.
Stoltenberg argues that “the harsh reality is that in the face of Russia's military build-up”, NATO countries “need to invest more in defense.”
According to him, the defense spending target for NATO members is 2% of gross domestic product (GDP) and the UK spends more than that figure along with “more allies”.
However, this is not enough for Secretary General Stoltenberg, he said: “We need to spend more on defense. I myself have been a politician for many, many years. And I know it's certainly always more tempting to spend money on health care, education, infrastructure, rather than spending on defense.”
Former Norwegian Prime Minister said that NATO needs to invest in new and more modern opportunities to “ensure that we can protect all allies in the future.”
“The good news is that more allies are actually spending 2% or more on defense, and those with not yet 2%, most of them have clear plans to reach 2%.”
He went on to say that “2% is the minimum. So, of course, we applaud the UK and other countries that are aiming for higher spending levels than 2%.
Attractive leader of the Conservative Party, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said that if she becomes the next Prime Minister Minister of Great Britain, then by 2030 will increase defense spending to 3% of GDP. Her rival in the premiership race, Rishi Sunak, views the 2% target for NATO spending as a “minimum, not a ceiling” and notes that it will rise to 2.5% “over time”, but refuses to set “arbitrary targets.”
As SkyNews recalls, Finland and Sweden, having been neutral for decades, have applied for NATO membership in recent months.
On this occasion, Jens Stoltenberg said: “The accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO will strengthen NATO. They have an advanced military, they have a very efficient military. And the fact that we will then also have these two countries – important for the Baltic Sea, for the Baltic countries – as members of NATO will strengthen NATO.”