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US ambassador in Berlin: Germany's defense spending for NATO is insufficient

Sunday 10/February/2019 - 03:40 PM
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US ambassador in Berlin, Richard Grenell
Edited by: Mohamed Emad

US ambassador in Berlin، Richard Grenell، said Germany failed to meet defense spending obligations it agreed to pay to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

In a statement to the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag on Sunday، the US ambassador said Germany's pledge to NATO to increase defense spending by 1.5 percent was not enough.

"Again، it is not the American standards that should be met here، but NATO's commitments agreed by Berlin،" Greenell said. "The United States reminds its grand German ally that now is not the time to undermine or weaken NATO."

Grenell expressed his full understanding of the German people's need for more domestic spending instead of increasing the military budget.

He pointed out that US taxpayers - for their part - also want to boost spending at the local level، but they pay taxes for US troops deployed in Germany.

Noteworthy، Germany has pledged to gradually increase defense spending by 1.5 percent until 2024.

Defense spending has always been a controversial issue that has strained relations between Washington and Berlin since Donald Trump took over as president in 2016. Trump has repeatedly accused the German government of failing to meet its defense spending obligations.

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