No debt at NATO, German Ministry says after Trump tweets

The minister thus said it was unfair to measure Germany's military and security efforts judging solely on its NATO spending.

Published: 20th March 2017 05:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th March 2017 05:57 AM   |  A+A-


BERLIN: Germany does not owe NATO and the US "vast sums" of money for defence, German Federal Ministry of Defense said on Sunday, rejecting the tweets by US President Donald Trump.

"There is no debt account at NATO," German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement, elaborating on the distribution of Berlin's military expenditure, which is also allocated to UN peacekeeping, EU operations and anti-terror efforts in addition to NATO missions, Xinhua reported.

The minister thus said it was unfair to measure Germany's military and security efforts judging solely on its NATO spending.

The statement came a day after Trump wrote on his twitter saying "Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO and the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!"

Trump tweeted the words just a day after his meeting with German Chancellor Merkel in Washington, where according to German media, the two had a "Not warm, but not distant" meeting.

Trump once called the NATO "obsolete" and threatened to "moderate" its commitment to it if NATO partners fail to meet the mandated defense spending target of two percent of gross domestic product.

German government have committed to the target by 2024. In February, Germany's defense ministry announced the plan to expand its national army, the Bundeswehr, in light of "increasing responsibilities," partly seen as a response to Washington's recent pressure.

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