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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

A record more than 20 NATO member nations are hitting the Western military alliance's defense spending target this year, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday, as Russia's war in Ukraine has raised the threat of expanding conflict in Europe.

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... The estimated figure is a nearly fourfold increase from 2021 in the number of the 32 NATO members meeting the alliance's defense spending guideline. Only six nations were meeting the goal that year, before Russian President Vladimir Putin's full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

"Europeans are doing more for their collective security than just a few years ago," Stoltenberg said in a speech at the Wilson Center research group before meeting with President Joe Biden later Monday at the White House.

NATO members agreed last year to spend at least 2% of their gross domestic product on defense. The surge in spending reflects the worries about the war in Ukraine. ...


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-06-18 02:52 AM | Reply

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... The estimated figure is a nearly fourfold increase from 2021 in the number of the 32 NATO members meeting the alliance's defense spending guideline. Only six nations were meeting the goal that year, before Russian President Vladimir Putin's full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

"Europeans are doing more for their collective security than just a few years ago," Stoltenberg said in a speech at the Wilson Center research group before meeting with President Joe Biden later Monday at the White House.

NATO members agreed last year to spend at least 2% of their gross domestic product on defense. The surge in spending reflects the worries about the war in Ukraine. ...



#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-06-18 02:54 AM | Reply

@#1

So, Pres Putin's unprovoked invasion of a sovereign Ukraine seems to have even more strategic outcomes that are not beneficial to Pres Putin?




#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-06-18 02:55 AM | Reply

@#1,2 I'm having some posting issues here this evening.

The browser version was updated on this laptop this evening. Since then, things have been odd across a couple of websites.

Apologies for duplicate posting(s).

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-06-18 02:57 AM | Reply

That's no excuse. You need to go sit in a corner and feel shame!

#5 | Posted by BellRinger at 2024-06-18 02:59 AM | Reply

@#5

                                      :)

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-06-18 03:08 AM | Reply

Nothing like a Russian grab-war on your doorstep to ratchet things up, up, up towards "be prepared."

#7 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2024-06-18 04:57 AM | Reply

Once again Dark Brandon succeeds where the orange pedo failed.

#8 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2024-06-18 07:14 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

How come nobody is thanking Putin for getting the deadbeat countries to pay their share?

Without him they would Still Be too cheap.

Putin is helping NATO. He's their Friend.

Helping Make the alliance more fiscally responsible.

Russia should be a member too.

#9 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2024-06-19 02:43 PM | Reply

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