BERLIN, March 19 â€“ RIA Novosti, angelina Timofeeva. The Minister of defence of Germany Ursula von der Leyen has denied statements by US President Donald trump, who has previously pointed out the debt of Germany to the United States and NATO for the defence of the country.
“Debt in NATO is not. Defence spending of 2%, which we want to achieve in the middle of the next decade, it would be wrong to associate exclusively with NATO,” the Minister said, it was quoted by the TV station N-tv, citing the Ministry of defence.
“What we all want is a fair distribution of the burden, and this requires a modern concept of security… It includes a modern NATO, but also European defensive Alliance, and investing in the United Nations”, â€” said Leyen.
That Germany owed the United States and NATO huge sums for security of the country, trump wrote on March 18 on his Twitter page the next day after meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington.
Earlier, Merkel has repeatedly said that Berlin is configured to perform obligations to NATO to increase defence spending to 2% of GDP by 2024.
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