Estonia calls on NATO allies to increase defense spending

22 March, 09:24 PM
Flags of NATO and Ukraine (Photo:WiR_Pixs / pixabay)

Flags of NATO and Ukraine (Photo:WiR_Pixs / pixabay)

NATO countries should prepare for a long war between Russia and Ukraine, member states should increase their defense spending accordingly, Estonian PM Kaja Kallas said in a Twitter post on March 22.

“Russia has prepared for a long confrontation and so must we,” she wrote.

Kallas called on NATO countries to increase defense spending to above the current standard of 2% of GDP.

“Estonia has increased its defense budget significantly, it will reach 3% of GDP by 2024,” she added.

“2% of GDP on defense spending must be the floor, not the ceiling.”

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On March 21, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg presented NATO's annual report, in which he outlined the steps the alliance took to respond to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

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