NATO countries to discuss defence spending target -Stoltenberg

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NATO countries will discuss their defence spending targets in the coming months, while some of them are calling for the 2% target to become a minimum figure, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told German news agency DPA.

“Some allies are strongly in favor of making the current 2% target a minimum,” Stoltenberg said in an interview published Tuesday.

Stoltenberg said he would lead the negotiations. “We will meet, we will hold ministerial meetings, we will hold talks in the capitals,” he said.

He did not say which NATO countries were calling for a more ambitious target, according to DPA.

The NATO chief said his goal was to reach an agreement no later than the next regular NATO summit, to be held in Lithuania’s capital Vilnius on July 11-12.

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