In a meeting this week with NATO allies in Brussels, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gave NATO nations two months to either boost spending or come up with a plan to meet the guidelines set by the military treaty organization, The Washington Times reports.
Tillerson echoed a call from President Trump that the United States is providing a “disproportionate share” of the military support for the 28-member organization.
NATO member nations are expected to spend at least 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense. While nations in the alliance pledged in 2014 to end military cuts and work towards this goal by the end of the decade, only Britain, Estonia, Greece, and Poland currently meet the guidelines.
“Allies must increase defense spending to meet their commitments,” Tillerson told the meeting on Friday, according to The New York Times.
However, he reaffirmed America’s commitment to the organization, in spite of intimations from President Trump that NATO has become “obsolete.”
“Our bond remains essential for facing national and international security challenges in an increasingly unstable world,” Tillerson said.
President Trump plans to meet with representatives from NATO member nations on May 25, and Tillerson said he wants at least a roadmap from all members on how they plan to get to the 2 percent defense threshold by then.
“Our goal should be to agree at the May leaders meeting that by the end of the year, all allies will have either met the pledge guidelines or will have developed plans that clearly articulate how, with annual milestone progress commitments, the pledge will be fulfilled,” Tillerson said.
If NATO nations decide they don’t want to pay the 2 percent of GDP they signed up for, they’re clearly expecting military protection without the price that it comes with. We would be better off spending that money on our own protection.
If, on the other hand, our allies decide to fulfill their commitments, that means a much stronger alliance, ready to preserve world peace and confront threats head on.
Either way, this ultimatum has great potential to strengthen our military position.
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