The state Department commented on the statement by trump about the financial burden in NATO
The US state Department
All countries-members of NATO have confirmed the increase in contributions to 2%.
All countries-members of NATO have agreed to increase their contributions to defence within NATO to 2% of its GDP, and it is now necessary to find ways to achieve this goal as soon as possible.
Commented on the statement by the President of the United States for a “fair burden sharing” in NATO, acting U.S. state Department spokesman mark Toner.
“It is not surprising that NATO and the United States are looking for ways of reaching the allies of the specific commitments the level of contributions at 2% (of GDP – ed.) as soon as possible. It is very important to keep NATO capable, combat readiness status,” said Toner in a press briefing on Monday.
He recalled that Washington has long insisted on the need for the allies to fulfill the commitment that they reaffirmed at the NATO summit in Wales in 2014 .
“All countries-members of NATO have confirmed the increase in contributions to 2%. How will they fulfill that promise – you have to ask them, or NATO,” said the spokesman.
At the same time, he declined to comment on the statements of trump tweeted that if Germany owes money to NATO and the United States. Toner only said that he could not comment on a timetable to reach this goal in a country-ally, it can only comment on the countries-members of NATO.
Let’s remind that now only five of 28 NATO countries pay contributions at 2% or more: United States (3,61%), Greece (2,38%), United Kingdom (2.21 per cent), Estonia (2,16%) and Poland (2%).