PM Solberg calls NATO’s two percent spending plan ‘Nonsense’ 

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June 27, Oslo: PM Erna Solberg  in an interview with the Norwegian Armed Forces’ Forum Magazine has stated that she believes that NATO’s aim to become the greatest possible defence capability is not a percentage goal in itself and a nation’s own defence system is all that is important .

“If I’m allowed to speak: I think the 2 percent goal is nonsense,” she said. “The aim of the NATO countries to become the greatest possible defence capability, is not a percentage goal in itself,” she added in the interview.

According to her the problem with the percentage goal Nato countries agreed in Wales last autumn was that it would be harder to meet for country’s enjoying strong economic growth than for those with shrinking economies.

Meanwhile, Nato’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who was also PM Solberg’s predecessor as Norwegian Prime Minister, during his visit  to Norway earlier this month argued that the  country could easily meet the target. “If there is a political will, there is economic space. But it must be given priority,” he said.

However, even after this year’s proposed hike in defence spending, Norway will only be still spending about 1.6 percent of its GDP on defence.

The Oslo Times

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