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NATO's May Summit to Decide on Members' Defense Spending Plans - Stoltenberg

© REUTERS / Francois LenoirNATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg chairs a NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium October 27, 2016.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg chairs a NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium October 27, 2016. - Sputnik International
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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) summit in May plans to decide on so-called national plans to increase defense spending by its member states, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday.

BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — He classified the defense spending pledge as "about cash, capabilities, and commitments."

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"I expected national plans to be an important topic to be discussed today, because the idea of developing national plans for all NATO allies is something we have started to look into," Stoltenberg said ahead of the foreign ministerial meeting.

He explained the idea of national plans as "to outline how we will implement what we decided on defense spending back in 2014."

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"The plan is to make decisions when heads of state and government meet in May, but since this meeting is an important building-block or preparation for the meeting in May, I expect national plans for how to meet the defense investment pledge to be an important topic today," Stotlenberg said.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will also address member states' defense spending and counterterrorism at Friday's meeting among foreign ministers, NATO Stoltenberg added.

"When our Heads of State and Government meet in eight weeks, their agenda will include two key points. First, fair burden-sharing to keep the transatlantic bond strong," Stoltenberg said in public remarks ahead of the meeting.

"The second major topic will be stepping up NATO’s efforts to project stability and fight terrorism," Stoltenberg said.

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