Before the anniversary of the Nato celebrations in Washington, US President, Donald Trump has reiterated his criticism of the German defence expenditure.
Germany does not pay within Nato to take its fair share, Trump said on Tuesday at a Meeting with Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White house in Washington.
Trump added that he had “great respect” for German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Germany. “I have great feelings for Germany, but they don’t pay, you have to pay.” Trump stated in this connection that his father had been German. This is not true, however: His grandfather came from Germany, his father was born in New York. It is not the first Time that Trump this blunder.
Nato wants this Wednesday and Thursday in Washington in the 70’s. Anniversary of its founding celebration. Germany’s foreign Minister, Heiko Maas will attend the Meeting. On 4. April 1949 had closed twelve of the countries of Europe and North America in the U.S. capital to the North Atlantic Treaty.
Trump complained for a long time an unfair burden-sharing in Nato and attacked in Germany, in particular, again and again, because of the relatively low proportion of its defence expenditure on the Federal budget. At a Nato summit meeting last summer in Brussels, Trump had not even excluded the possibility of an exit of the USA from the Alliance, should not spend all of the Alliance partners immediately, two percent of their gross domestic product for defense.
According to the most recent Nato annual report, the German level of spending in the past year, with 1.23 percent. The medium-term planning of the Finance Minister, Olaf Scholz (SPD) for the year 2023 of only 1.25 percent. Accordingly, the defense spending by 2023 to 2024 would have to be increased by a two-digit billion amount, if the objective is to be achieved. This had caused a new displeasure from the US government. The United States was a value from 3.39 percent.
The dispute over the money is to be on Thursday the topic of a lunch meeting during the Nato meeting, as it was called from within US government circles. Also, it should go on the day the tensions with Russia and Afghanistan. In view of the recent confrontation between Ukraine and Russia, the foreign Ministers decide to intensify the training of Ukrainian and Georgian coast guards.
The Russian coast guard had detained at the end of November, three of the Ukrainian Navy boats forcibly to travel through the Strait of Kerch into the sea of Azov. The boats and their crew were set. The sailors are still in custody.
Also the subject of the new Minister of foreign Affairs, the termination of the INF is to meet Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear medium-range missiles between the US and Russia. The US and Nato accuse Russia, to offend against the Treaty. Moscow denies the. Both sides have suspended the contract. The had stoked fears that it could lead to a new nuclear armament spiral. Trump said on Tuesday he hoped that they could have a “great” relationship with Russia.