"There is no debt account at NATO," - German Defense Minister on Trump's remarks

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's claim that Germany owes NATO and the United States "vast sums" of money for defense.

Censor.NET reports citing Reuters.

"There is no debt account at NATO," von der Leyen said in a statement, adding that it was wrong to link the alliance's target for members to spend two percent of their economic output on defense by 2024 solely to NATO.

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"Defense spending also goes into UN peacekeeping missions, into our European missions and into our contribution to the fight against IS terrorism," von der Leyen said.

Trump said on Twitter on Saturday - a day after meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington - that Germany "owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!"Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n432583