Germany hits 2% Nato target for first time since 1992, reports dpa

Feb14,2024



Berlin: Germany have met one nato alliance Target 2% of it has to be spent Gross Domestic Product But protect For the first time since 1992, the dpa news agency reported on Wednesday Expenditure It gained momentum after Russia's attack on Ukraine two years ago.
According to the DPA report, the German government is allocating the equivalent of $73.41 billion for defense spending in the current year. This is a record figure for Germany as a whole and would amount to 2.01% of GDP.
The Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said this week that Germany would meet NATO's target, but the government has not yet disclosed exact figures.
NATO defense ministers are scheduled to meet in Brussels on Thursday. A separate meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, hosted by the United States, will take place on Wednesday.
Scholz's government has highlighted its rising defense spending at an uncertain time for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
Former US President Donald Trump angered allies over the weekend by saying he would refuse to defend NATO members who do not spend enough on defense.
Responding to those comments in an interview on WELT TV on Tuesday evening, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said Trump risked damaging transatlantic relations and “ultimately removed the branch on which America is sitting.”
Pistorius pushed back against opposition suggestions that Germany should increase its special military defense fund from 100 billion to 300 billion euros ($320 billion), saying the government should instead increase its regular budgetary outlays.
He said that this will help the government in long term procurement. “You can really only do this in a serious, long-term way with increased individual planning,” he said.
Pistorius also opposed the idea of ​​creating a separate European nuclear defense umbrella, which gained attention following Trump's comments.
He said, “I can only caution against starting such a discussion so carelessly because Donald Trump, who is not even a presidential candidate, makes such statements.”



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