Mattis and Stoltenberg have agreed to continue the dialogue on the allocation of expenditure on NATO

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vitvitskiy in potencjalny NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg at the NATO summit in Brussels. 11 July 2018, archival photoMattis and Stoltenberg have agreed to continue the dialogue on the allocation of expenditure on NATO© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vitvitskiy the image Bank

Pentagon chief James Mattis and being in Washington with the visit of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg have agreed to continue work with Alliance members in matters of uniform distribution of costs, said in a statement on Friday the Ministry of defense of the United States.

«The leaders discussed a wide range of issues related to defense and agreed to work together in dialogue with NATO allies on a more equal distribution of costs, availability and mobility», — the document says.

At the NATO summit in Brussels on 11-12 July, the President of the United States Donald trump demanded from the allies to increase national defence spending to the NATO required 2% of GDP and accelerate the achievement of this indicator, and in the future — up to 4% of GDP.

Trump repeatedly called on Alliance partners to fulfil achieved in the Bucharest agreement to increase spending, threatening otherwise to reduce U.S. participation in the overall programs to ensure the security of countries-members of NATO.

Rigidity in financing the trump compensated at the July summit a statement of commitment to NATO, its benefit for US and no need to leave.

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