Sputnik Turkiye sat down with Turkish Retired Rear Admiral, Former Chief of Intelligence in the Turkish Navy and a Former Head of Foreign Intelligence Department in the Turkish General Staff Soner Polat to talk on the issue.
He said that the US' demand to increase the defense spending of the European NATO member states is a tool to pressure these countries aimed at strengthening of its own positions.
"The demand of the US is based on its belief that such countries as Norway, for example, which had improved its living standard due to security safeguarded by NATO, should pay for it," Soner Polat told Sputnik.
"Secondly, the US wants to be backed by a formidable NATO block in case of its confrontation with China or any other power in the nearest future," he added.
The Retired Rear Admiral however noted that some countries, including Germany and France, have voiced their discontent with the US. While other countries, like the Netherlands and Poland, were more reserved.
"The so-called "deep state" (the term used to refer to sophisticated shadow governments) forces Trump to act in its interests and pushes him towards the well-known and long-used American political strategy," Soner Polat said.
He further elaborated that if Trump were able to define his own strategy, he would have pursued a more moderate policy, focused on the internal issues. However the US government has not agreed to it and thus forced Trump to stick to the old US' foreign policy line. Thus Trump had to strengthen the pressure on Europe.
Such a policy means that the US wants to return to the times of the Cold War, he added. However Europe is resisting. There is nothing new here, Soner Polat said, it has been going on for 20 or even 30 years already.
"The idea of the US is to escalate tensions on the continent and push NATO and Russia into a confrontation. It allows the US to strengthen its positions against Europe in geopolitical and military spheres," the Retired Rear Admiral concluded.