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    NATO 2% of GDP Demand Should Be Replaced With 3% Political Spending Ischinger

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    The NATO requirement to spend 2 percent of member states' GDP on defense should be replaced with the demand to allocate 3-percent budget on military, development and humanitarian goals, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference Wolfgang Ischinger told the ZDF broadcaster Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – During the presidential campaign, US President Donald Trump criticized NATO for its members’ non-compliance with the commitment to spend 2 percent of GDP on their defense.

    “From my point of view … the 2-percent goal basing on only military criteria is important but not enough. I believe that we should replace the 2-percent goal with the 3-percent goal that will embrace military expenditure, development aid and humanitarian efforts,” Ischinger said.

    He called the 3-percent obligation a “comprehensive political goal,” which would suit German foreign policy.

    On Wednesday, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis noted that only five out of 28 NATO member states fully met the commitment. Mattis warned that the United States may moderate its commitments to the alliance if its member states fail to fulfill their obligations.

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      "humanitarian efforts" out of the mouth from a militant warmonger during annual Munich war conference looks for me like a very bad joke and a serious threat.
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      They will still buy very expensive pieces of junk that do not work. Plus, aren't they having problems with military recruitment? Who would want to sign up, just to be Qatar to Europe Pipeline Security, be prepared to sacrifice their lives or end up with life changing disabilities, when their Government have no desire to look after them, just treat them as cannon fodder? Meanwhile, Russia spends $60 billion on defence, has the world's most powerful military and 2nd largest, owing to the fact, they design and build for defence, not shareholders?
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      Ischinger seems so concerned about possible loss of influence,he must be a high ranking freemason
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