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NATO Europeans to match US aid to Ukraine

NATO Europeans to match US aid to Ukraine

NATO leaders pose for a photo at the start of the military alliance summit, which turns 75 today in Washington on Tuesday (9).| Photo: EFE/EPA/YURI GRIPAS/POOL

Donald Trump, the former president of the United States and candidate for re-election, demanded this Tuesday (9) that the European members of NATO pay his country the same amount for military support to Ukraine in the war with Russia.

The summit of NATO leaders began in Washington, on the day that coincided with the 75th anniversary of the military alliance, Trump made this statement on his social network Indeed.

At the start of the event, President Joe Biden, Trump’s opponent in the November election, announced that the United States and Germany, the Netherlands, Romania and Italy would send five air defense systems, including four Patriots, to Ukraine in the coming months. One of the main demands of Kiev in recent months.

“If I hadn’t been president, NATO wouldn’t exist,” Trump said, adding that during his 2017-2021 administration, he increased defense spending by allies and “made NATO possible again . . .

The Republican politician said the U.S. is currently “paying too much money to fight Russia in Ukraine” and that “Europe should at least match that.”

The United States is the largest arms donor to Ukraine, with $53 billion since Russia invaded its territory, but when humanitarian and purely financial aid are taken into account, European countries far outstrip Washington’s spending.

According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, 23 of the 32 allies already spend at least 2% of their national GDP on defense, in contrast to the situation of just three allies when they made this commitment in 2014.

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