NATO Secretary General urges continued defense investment post-Ukrainian crisis

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on the alliance to increase defense spending, regardless of whether the conflict in Ukraine ends or not.

Stoltenberg said: “In the event of an escalation of tension, it is necessary to increase defense spending, so at least 2% of GDP is not a lot, it is the minimum necessary to maintain our capabilities and our forces … Even if hostilities in Ukraine cease, this will have serious consequences. “The security of Europe, so we must pay attention to defense spending, strengthening deterrence and defense.”

At the NATO summit in Vilnius on July 12 and 13, NATO leaders are expected to decide to increase defense spending to at least 2% of GDP.

Earlier, the Kremlin stated that there were no prerequisites for the transition of the situation in Ukraine to a peaceful course, and the absolute priority for Russia is to achieve the goals of the special operation, at the moment this is possible only by military means.

The Kremlin added that the situation in Ukraine can move in a peaceful direction, provided that the real situation and new realities are taken into account, as well as taking into account all the requirements of Moscow.

And Russia sent a memorandum to “NATO” countries because of the supply of weapons to Ukraine, and the Russian Foreign Ministry said that NATO countries are “playing with fire” by supplying weapons to Ukraine.

Source: News

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