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The conflict in Ukraine and “annexation” of the Crimea indicate the need for NATO countries to increase defense spending. This was stated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in her weekly podcast.
According to her, the problems facing the Alliance in recent years has changed dramatically. Merkel said that after the annexation of Crimea to Russia and the conflict in the Donbass need to focus on defense. One of the measures the Chancellor believes the presence in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.
Earlier, U.S. President Donald trump called for more funding of NATO countries on defense. The us leader sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez and reminded of the promises of the previous the Spanish Cabinet to increase defense spending. Trump sent the same letter to a number of heads of state and governments of NATO allies.
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