NATO PLEDGES TO IMPROVE BURDEN-SHARING

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Added On July 13, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump has urged NATO members to meet their two-percent GDP benchmark on defense spending "immediately".

 
Trump made the?remarks at the ongoing two-day NATO summit in Brussels on Wednesday.
 
During the summit, he complained in a tweet about members' participation, asking why it was "only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment".
 
Trump has long criticised NATO countries that have not met the two-percent benchmark on military spending.
 
But Trump also urged NATO leaders to increase their defense spending to four percent of their country's GDP.
 
A NATO declaration made public on Wednesday saw NATO leaders' commitment to improving the balance of shared costs and responsibilities.
 
The declaration indicated all allies have started to increase their defense budget in real terms. Some two-thirds of allies have national plans in place to spend 2 percent of their GDP on defense by 2024.