War In Europe: Russia Tensions Mean NATO Must Increase Military Spending, Baltic States Warn


From the International Business Times:

“Europeans must increase military spending to protect peace and independence as tensions between Russia and NATO continue to flare up, two senior Lithuanian officials told The Associated Press this week. The officials said President-elect Donald Trump’s remarks during his campaign that NATO members must pay up if they want support from the U.S. are spot on.

“President Donald Trump said that Europe in general should put more attention on defense and we fully agree,” Defense Minister Juozas Olekas said Monday. “The peace and independence of our country is very important and we should put attention on that and not only waiting and relying for everything on the United States.”

In a separate interview with The Associated Press, Lithuania’s foreign minister said he didn’t think the U.S. would actually turn its back on NATO members under a Trump administration. “I hope and believe — and I can’t imagine otherwise — that the U.S. will remain a key player in the world and also a leader of NATO,” Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said Tuesday.

Russia has been particularly assertive about holding military drills near the Baltic region in recent months after military operations in Georgia, Ukraine and Syria, prompting nations such as Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia, to debate increased military spending.”


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