Stoltenberg: Eight NATO countries spend 2% of GDP on defence
Eight NATO member states have managed to fulfill the requirement to spend 2% of their GDP on defence, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the NATO-Industry Forum in Berlin.
"The picture is still a bit mixed but at least this is much better than it was just a few years ago. In 2014, it was three allies that met the two-per cent guideline. Now, it’s eight allies," Sputnik cited the NATO chief as saying .
Stoltenberg noted that the majority of NATO members had credible plans to reach the 2-per cent defence spending goal within 10 years.
The statements come amid the 2018 NATO-Industry Forum that started on November 12 and is set to conclude later on November 13. The forum aims to provide a platform for defence and security industry leaders to engage in a strategic dialogue on NATO capability planning and development.