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 Russia seeks to destabilize Europe, should be confronted from position of strength, - Merkel ally

Germany should increase its defense spending to meet NATO's 2 percent of GDP target, including in order to be able together with its allies to confront Russia from a position of strength.

Volker Kauder, leader for Merkel's CDU and allied Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) parliamentarians in the Bundestag, told German media group Funke, Censor.NET reports citing DW.

Unfortunately, Russia under President Vladimir Putin seeks to destabilize Europe every day, Kauder said. It should be confronted from a position of strength, but in a way that it doesn't trigger a return to Cold War, he added.

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According to the politician, stepping up defense spending by Germany stems from its commitments undertaken together with other NATO partners in 2014. Kauder stressed the threat of global terrorism requires the German military to be even more professional while an increase in defense spending will mean providing soldiers with better weapons.
 
 
 
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