Germany will need to significantly increase defense spending to cope with external threats, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Speaking Wednesday at an economic conference in Berlin, she said that the European Union is currently unable to protect themselves from external threats and cannot rely on assistance from the United States, according to NEWSru.com with reference to Agency Reuters.
«This means that a country like Germany, which spends today on defense is about 1.2% of GDP, and the United States, who spend 3.4% of GDP should move towards a unified performance», — said Merkel.
However, she added that Germany expects from the other members of the EU that they will also bear the burden of defensive expenditure in the long term.
What kind of threats there is a speech, Merkel did not elaborate. However, earlier, the German media reported that the new «White book» (the doctrine of national security, Germany) Russia is no longer seen as a partner and presented as «a threat to the established post-cold war world order in Europe.»
Press Secretary of the Russian President , Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the publication, said that such position of Germany speaks of «the misunderstanding of the essence of the Russian position, which is consistent and which is not aimed at confrontation, and the creation of an atmosphere of interaction and mutually beneficial cooperation on the European continent».
Later, the German Ambassador to Russia rüdiger von Fritsch reported that the national strategy has not yet been published, but because all the quotes from it are speculation, and urged not to pay attention to the propaganda. The Minister of defence of Germany Ursula von der Leyen said that Russia will not be described as a rival or enemy in the new version of the White paper.
We will remind, earlier about the need to increase public expenditure on defence in Germany, said the military command of the country. Spetsupolnomochenny of the German Bundestag for the Armed forces Hans-Peter Bartels in January of this year stated that the army is so lacking in funding that «is not enough of almost everything», and due to the lack of funds for the last 25 years the number of troops has declined from almost 600 thousand to mandatory 185 thousand people (and in fact — to 177 thousand). The Commissioner has required an increase in government spending on defense from the current 1.16 per cent of GDP to 1.2%.
«We’ll have to see if there is enough of this,» he said.
On the eve of the German newspaper Bild, citing a survey conducted by the Center for military history and social Sciences, reported that the majority of German soldiers in doubt as their own weapons. From the point of view of the Chairman of the Union of soldiers of the Bundeswehr Andre Wustner, the survey results were further evidence of how disastrous the state of the equipment soldiers. The Minister of defence of Germany Ursula von der Leyen promised in the next 15 years to invest in the Bundeswehr 13 billion euros, but many doubt that it will be able to keep his word, RIA «Novosti».
Earlier in Europe conducted a serious reduction in the expenditure on the army, but after the annexation of the Crimea in the EU once again became worried about the safety. The Latvian authorities have announced an increase in the defense budget in 2016, almost 60%. In Lithuania are going to invest in defense more than 35%. Estonia announced about the growth of defense spending by 9%. The same amount was going to increase the defence budget and Poland. About increasing military spending in 2016 due to the actions of Russia also said Finland.
The growth in defense spending in 2016 in NATO countries in Europe previously announced by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. He noted that costs will be increased for the first time in nearly 10 years, in particular, in connection with the «Russian threat». While Stoltenberg did not name specific figures.
The Kremlin said that Russia is not going to participate in the arms race because such actions could weaken the country’s economy, but will react to possible threats. It was reported that the Russian budget expenditures on defense in 2016 will exceed three trillion rubles.
In January 2016, it became known that Russia has become a world leader in government defense spending, spending in 2015 to 4.5% of GDP — more than the US and China, other leaders of the military force from the ranking, compiled by the publication U.S. News and World Report.
Experts noted that the total expenditure on armaments in the world in 2015 compared to the previous year increased by 1% and amounted to 1,676 trillion dollars. Most adopted over the past year has used the United States — the share of the country accounted for 36% (596 billion), China 13% ($215 billion), Saudi Arabia with 5.2% (87.2 billion us dollars). Russia has spent a total of 4% (66.4 billion dollars), which puts it in fourth place of the list. This is 7.5% more than it was in 2014.
Merkel intends to significantly increase the cost of Germany’s defense 22.06.2016