NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on NATO member states to speed up their defense spending, and said he expected agreement on the matter at the summit in Lithuania.
Stoltenberg spoke at the joint press conference after meeting with Prime Minister Antonio Costa in the garden of the Sao Bento Palace in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, where he paid an official visit.
Noting that “after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the world has become more dangerous, and no country can withstand these challenges alone,” Stoltenberg said that the allied countries should accelerate the increase of their defense expenditures.
The Secretary-General has stated that he expects at the NATO summit to be held in Lithuania on July 11-12, the leaders of member states will agree to commit to allocating at least 2 percent of their gross domestic product to defence. .
Noting that according to NATO’s 2021 report, 7 of the alliance’s 30 member states (which becomes 31 with Finland) had reached the target of spending 2% of their GDP on defense before the Ukraine-Russia war, Stoltenberg said they expected the same. Design from the rest.
Portuguese Prime Minister Costa also said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had “resurrected his first defeat by reviving the alliance,” and stated that all NATO member states would continue to act with the same determination until a just and lasting peace was achieved in Ukraine.
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