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Stoltenberg: the growth of military spending of NATO is unprecedented

Radio Liberty 29.11.2019 at 19:55

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the increase this year by 4.6 percent of military expenditures of the European allies and Canada. The increase in military spending continues for the fifth year in a row. Stoltenberg made on November 29, the eve of the NATO summit, which will be held in the UK next week. Meanwhile, the US continues to exert pressure on NATO allies to achieve growth in defense spending. Western media noted that this comes against the backdrop of disagreements between participants of the Alliance on the issue of relations with Iran, Russia and Syria. At a meeting with journalists in Brussels, Stoltenberg said that the amount allocated from 2016 until the end of 2020, the European countries and Canada on defense, will total $ 130 billion. By 2024, it will reach 400 billion. According to Stoltenberg, it is unprecedented in NATO's history, the growth of military spending.