The Belgian Prime Minister did not mention the timing of the increase in defence spending in NATO

© RIA Novosti / Vitaly to Belowaverage in photobacteria Minister of Belgium Charles Michel. Archival photoThe Belgian Prime Minister did not mention the timing of the increase in defence spending in NATO© RIA Novosti / Vitaly to Belowaverage the image Bank

Belgium did not provide at the NATO summit specific deadlines and commitments to increase defense spending to 2% of GDP, said Friday Prime Minister Charles Michel.

«Yesterday, I made a decision not to call time because you need to watch the situation depending on the budget from year to year. This does not mean that it is vague, it means responsibly,» — he said the radio station RTL.

According to him, Belgium has to double the defense budget, which today is estimated around 1% of GDP, and it will need to find «a few billion», but he’s not going to be doing it to the detriment of, for example, social programs.

«So it can’t be done overnight, in one year, it should be a gradual process,» he said.

According to the Belgian Prime Minister, he did not feel pressure from the us President at the NATO summit, expressing the view that European countries increase spending, not because this is required by the United States, and because it is necessary.

At the summit, US President, Donald trump has demanded from the allies to increase national defence spending to the NATO required 2% of GDP by the end of this year.

At the NATO summit in 2014, in Bucharest it was decided that in future all the countries of the Alliance will bring defense spending to the required level. However, according to NATO from June 2017, of the 29 members of the unit at least 2% of GDP on defense spending only USA, Greece, UK, Estonia, Romania and Poland. Trump repeatedly called on Alliance partners to perform in Bucharest reached an agreement to increase defence spending to 2% of GDP, threatening otherwise to reduce U.S. participation in the overall programs to ensure the security of countries-members of NATO.

The Belgian Prime Minister did not mention the timing of the increase in defence spending in NATO© RIA Novosti, Integratiebeleid in fotobanka: history expansion

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