NATO European allies defend military spending amid Donald Trump criticism

Vastavam web: NATO’s European allies are pushing back against US criticism that they are not spending enough on defence, as President Donald Trump ratchets up pressure ahead of a summit next week.After Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, NATO allies agreed in 2014 to end defence budget cuts, to begin spending more as their economies grew and to move toward a goal of 2 per cent of GDP within a decade.In an email to The Associated Press today, Norwegian Defence Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen said that “Norway stands by its decision of the NATO Summit in 2014 and is following up on this.” Ahead of the July 11-12 summit, Trump sent letters to Norway and several other allies demanding that they recommit to military spending.