US Responds to Polish Proposal for Higher NATO Defense Spending

Written by Camilla Jessen

Mar.12 - 2024 8:48 AM CET

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The US State Department addresses Polish President Andrzej Duda's recommendation to increase NATO defense spending from 2% to 3% of GDP.

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The US State Department has issued a response to Polish President Andrzej Duda's recent suggestion that NATO member countries should consider raising their minimum defense spending from 2% to 3% of GDP. State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller addressed the matter during a briefing, as reported by European Truth.

Miller emphasized the importance of ensuring all NATO members first meet the current benchmark of allocating 2% of GDP towards defense. He also noted that approximately two-thirds of NATO countries are already meeting this target.

"But I think this is the first step before we start discussing additional proposals," Miller stated.

The discussion comes in light of President Duda's announcement that he would advocate for an increase in defense spending during his forthcoming visit to the United States. This proposal aims to strengthen NATO's collective defense capabilities amidst growing global security challenges.

President Duda, accompanied by Prime Minister Donald Tusk, is scheduled to visit the USA on March 12, where discussions on defense spending and broader security issues are expected to take center stage.

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