Cameron urges NATO allies to increase defense spending to 2.5% of GDP

David Cameron, the UK's Foreign Secretary
David Cameron, the UK's Foreign Secretary

European allies have to invest more in defense, setting a target of spending 2.5% of GDP, David Cameron, the UK's Foreign Secretary said, Politico reported.

"From Talinn to Warsaw, from Prague to Bucharest, a chill has once more descended across the European continent, with those nations closest to Russia seeing what is happening in Ukraine and wondering if they will be next."

“This is a world more dangerous, more volatile, more confrontational than most of us have ever known.”

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“We need to face up to that fact and act accordingly — not in a year or two, not in a few months, but now," he said during a speech at the National Cyber Security Centre.

Cameron also criticized European allies during his speech, who “seem unwilling to invest [in defense] even as war rages on our continent.”

“Security is definitely on the ballot paper” at the U.K. general election, expected this autumn, the UK's Foreign Office head said.

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The UK has pledged to reach 2.5% by 2030.

Some European NATO member countries are calling for an increase in defense spending targets to 3% of GDP from the current 2%, the Director-General of the European Commission's Defense Industry, Timo Pesonen, said on May 1.

He made this statement days after NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that Alliance members should "go beyond" the mandated 2% of GDP defense spending set in 2014.

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Poland and Greece are now the only two EU NATO members spending over 3% of GDP on defense, alongside the United States.

Polish President Andrzej Duda sent a letter to NATO member country leaders on April 4, proposing an increase in defense spending from 2% to 3% of GDP.

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