“NATO’s own figures clearly show that the UK spends over 2 percent of its GDP on defence,” a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
European allies are growing confident. They are reassured by Trump’s remarks to U.S. forces in Florida this week, when he said: “We strongly support NATO.”
U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to meet alliance leaders in Europe in May in a phone call with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that also touched on the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine, the White House said.
NATO is helping Western Balkan governments build up intelligence and defence bodies to resist foreign, especially Russian, political influence, alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.
NATO airstrike killed 30 Afghan civilians, including women and children in Kunduz. “They were asleep when their house came under attack,” Akbari said.
NATO’s aim is to make good on a promise to deter Russia in Europe’s ex-Soviet states, after Moscow orchestrated annexation of the Crimea peninsula in 2014.
NATO wants allies to contribute to its military build-up on Russia’s borders since Cold War as alliance prepares for a protracted quarrel with Moscow.