Why Is Trump Dissatisfied With Its NATO Partners?
The US President Donald Trump is full of willingness to reform NATO, and in particular, to distribute fairly the expanses within the military structure. This is reported by Die Welt newspaper, commenting on Trump's telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
It should be noted that Donald Trump raised the same issue during the telephone conversation, which was also raised by former US presidents. It refers to insufficient military allocations by many NATO member countries, resulting in 75% of military spending within the bloc which falls on the United States.
NATO is format pf military-political cooperation, which was established in 1949. The alliance includes most European countries, USA and Canada.
Along with a number of regulations, the Alliance has also a funding regulatory provision. In particular, the military expenditure of the members of NATO should not be less than 2% of their GDP. Despite this provision, only three of the 25 NATO-member European countries do so - among them Great Britain, Greece and Estonia.
Thus, in 2013 the average amount of military expenditure in Europe amounted to 1.4% of GDP. This figure is due to the financial crisis in Europe.
As for the US role in NATO's military expenditure in the gross amount, from the years of 1995-2013 the figure reached from 59% to 72%.
In 2016, the military spending of 2% was fulfilled only by four European countries: the UK (60.3 billion dollars, 2.21% of GDP), Poland (9.3 billion dollars, 2% of GDP), Greece (4.5 billion dollars, 2.38% of GDP) and Estonia (479 million dollars, 2.16% of GDP).
It is noteworthy that 72% of NATO's military spending in 2016, that is more than 918.3 billion dollars, was contributed by the US again. It should be noted that this amount (3,61% of US GDP) exceeded even the Pentagon's annual budget, which amounted only to 580.3 billion dollars in 2016.
It is no coincidence that US President, as well as the former presidents, voiced this problem of the unequal distribution of military spending. The questioning sounds as follows: Is NATO's effectiveness equivalent to the amount paid by the US?
In fact, Donald Trump emphasis the problem of having insufficient or just a symbolic support of European countries towards NATO. Whether the US administration will force NATO to fulfill its commitments to its partners, time will show.
- Soros Makes about $18bn for Human Rights The donation makes Soros’s Open Society Foundations the third largest charitable foundation in the world, behind the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and the Wellcome Trust.
- Israel Also Withdraws from UNESCO In a statement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the U.S. decision as "brave and moral" and stated that Israel would begin preparations to follow suit.
- US Delegation to Visit Turkey The delegation will be headed by the State Department's Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Jonathan Cohen, according to sources.
- Trump-Tillerson Disagreements: Do They Have Certain Purpose? However, one cannot also exclude the scenario, that such a public demonstration of disagreement is a diplomatic trick of Trump’s administration to balance the US stance on various foreign policy issues.
- Neither Erdogan, Nor His Cabinet Ministers Haven’t Accepted US Ambassador’s Farewell Visit Bass, who was sworn in as ambassador to Turkey in September 2014, was recently confirmed by the US Senate for his next post as ambassador to Afghanistan.
NKR Defense Army Serviceman Tigran Khachatryan Posthumously Awarded with the "For Service in Battle" Medal
Iraq Warns Foreign Oil Companies Against Contracts With Kurdistan
Artsakh Republic President Visited in Brussels the Office of the European Friends of Armenia Organization
NKR Defense Army Soldier Fatally Wounded
Azerbaijani MFA Considered Including Famous CNN Showman in Its Black List
Turkey Welcomes Cooperation with Iran Against the Iraqi KRG
Nalbandian: Azerbaijan Refuses to Reiterate the Principles of Karabakh Conflict Resolution
425 Babies Were Born in Yerevan from 6 to 12 of October
UN Report: Armenia Has One of the Best Pregnant Care Results
Artsakh Republic President Met in Brussels with Leadership of AGBU Europe
EU Leaders to Reaffirm Their Commitment to the Iranian Nuclear Deal
Levon Hayaraptyan's "Genetic Tax" or How He Made "Karabakh Fairy Tale" Real (VIDEO)
Head of Armenia's National Assembly: Armenophobia in Azerbaijan is the Main Part of the State Policy
Spain Is Suspending Catalonian Autonomy
Terrorist Groups Plotting New 9/11 in US: They Want to Take Down Aircraft - Top US Official Warns
7 Notes Music Challenge - by Serj Tankian (Video)
Erdogan Says May Close Border with Iraq
Ksenia Sobchak Announced Her Intention to Participate at Russia's Presidential Elections
Warlick: Karabakh Conflict - Issue where USA and Russia are Truly Collaborating
Prime Minister Inspects Progress in Dvin Hotel Complex Reconstruction
Being Afraid of Armenian Official, Azerbaijani Defense Minister Hides Behind the Flag
Georgians Would Die of Envy: BBC Travel Correspondent Told a Joke about Armenians, Georgians and Azeris
President Presents Geneva Talk’s Outcome at the Meeting with Armenian Community in Switzerland
Luis R. Corteguera: Declaration of Independence by Catalonia Might Move Madrid to Apply Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution (EXCLUSIVE)
Catalan Independence Referendum: Opinions from Catalonia (EXCLUSIVE)
The Armenian Delegation Called on Turkey for a Dialogue on the Issue of the Construction of Reservoirs on Araks: Hermine Naghdalyan (EXCLUSIVE)
Knyaz Hasanov: Iraqi Kurdistan Leadership Should Sit Down for Dialogue with the Iraqi Authorities
Armenian Delegates Talked About Issues of Refugees and Cyber Security at the OSCE PA Meeting: Hermine Naghdalyan (EXCLUSIVE)
The President of Bolivia Has Proposed to Introduce Universal Citizenship for All Inhabitants of the Earth
On the Occasion of the 26th Anniversary of Armenia’s Independence President Sargsyan Visited the Erablur Pantheon
Wind: 6.44 km/h