حلف شمال الأطلسي يزيد إنفاقه الدفاعي infographic
Graphic shows change in NATO defence spending from 2014 to 2023.
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حلف شمال الأطلسي يزيد إنفاقه الدفاعي

By Duncan Mil

February 15, 2024 - 18 دولة من أعضاء حلف شمال الأطلسي* البالغ عددهم 31 عضواً سوف تفي بالتزاماتها بإنفاق 2% من ناتجها المحلي الإجمالي على الدفاع هذا العام - وهو قرار تم اتخاذه بعد ضم روسيا شبه جزيرة القرم إلى أراضيها في العام 2014.

The need to increase defence spending followed Moscow’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced at a press conference in Brussels that European countries in NATO would invest $380 billion in defence spending in 2024 ahead of a meeting of NATO defence ministers.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump recently stated that he would encourage Russia to do “whatever the hell they want” to NATO member countries that fail to meet the Defence Investment Pledge if he were to be re-elected president.

On Wednesday, Trump’s adviser, Keith Kellogg, proposed a new system for NATO members who don’t pay up. He suggested that if a member of the alliance fails to spend at least 2% of its gross domestic product, he would support removing that nation’s Article 5 protections under the North Atlantic Treaty.

Article 5 states that an attack against one member of the NATO alliance will be considered an attack against all, and coalition members must respond appropriately.

According to NATO estimates, 11 of NATO’s 31 members met the 2% target last year. In 2014, only three allies were meeting the 2% target.

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PUBLISHED: 15/02/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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