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Donald Trump’s claim that Germany owes Nato and the United States “vast sums” of money for defence has been rejected by German Defense Minister, Ursula von der Leyen.
In 2016, Germany’s defence spending ratio stood at 1.18 per cent.
Nevertheless, Germany owes….. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2017…vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2017Trump has urged Germany and other Nato members to accelerate efforts to meet the alliance’s defence spending target.
“Defence spending also goes into UN peacekeeping missions, into our European missions and into our contribution to the fight against Isis terrorism,” Ms von der Leyen said.
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In a statement issued on Sunday (19 March) Germany’s Defense Minister Ursula Von der Leyen said: “There is no debt account at NATO.
Germany will shoulder a fair share of the burden and for that to happen the alliance needed a “modern security concept”, the defense minister said.
Germany has rebuffed US President Donald Trump’s claims that the country owed vast sums of money to Nato and Washington for defense purposes.
“That includes a modern NATO, but also a European defense union as well as investments into the United Nations,” she pointed out.
Defense spending also goes into UN peacekeeping missions, into our European missions and into our contribution to the fight against IS terrorism.”
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Germany rejects Trump’s claim it owes NATO ‘vast sums’
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