US military spending will amount to nearly $785 billion, while European and Canadian spending will amount to over $307 billion.
The total defense spending of NATO states in 2020 will amount to $1,092.5 billion, which is almost $61 billion more than in 2019. This is evidenced by data in a statistical report on military spending by the alliance, released on Wednesday, October 21.
Of this money, US defense spending will amount to $784.95 billion, while European and Canadian states will spend $307.53 billion.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said European alliance members and Canada have increased their defense spending by 4.3% this year.
“This is the sixth year of increased spending by the European allies and Canada, and we expect this trend to continue,” Stoltenberg said at a press conference ahead of the meeting of NATO defense ministers.
According to him, the allies will continue to increase investment in “manpower and resources, as well as participation in operations.”
Earlier it was reported that NATO countries will increase defense spending by $400 billion within five years. “This is unprecedented progress,” Stoltenberg said.
NATO also agreed on a new formula for calculating contributions to the general budget of the alliance, according to which the United States will reduce its share to 16%.
The heads of the defense ministries of NATO member states plan to begin construction of a space center in Germany. This is reported by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
According to the newspaper, they want to place the center at the Ramstein airbase, located in the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
The media clarifies that the ministers will announce their plans on Thursday, October 22. The center is supposed to become a “focal point for observing outer space.” It also clarifies that the enterprise can be converted into a command center for the adoption of defense measures.
In addition, according to the agency DPA, it is expected to create a “kind of analytical center” of the alliance, which will deal with the study of space activities.
The bilateral military mechanism designed to reduce the risk of military incidents or accidents in the Eastern Mediterranean
The North Atlantic Alliance will create a mechanism to resolve the conflict between Greece and Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean. This is stated on Thursday, October 1, in a NATO statement.
The mechanism provides for the creation of a “hot” line between Greece and Turkey, which will be used to resolve conflicts at sea and in the air.
The bilateral military mechanism is designed to reduce the risks of military incidents or accidents in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Earlier, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced Greece’s intention to strengthen the equipment of its army amid aggravated relations with Turkey. According to him, we are talking about buying 18 Dassault Rafale multirole fighters from France.
The use of the Novice is a serious violation of international law, the secretary-general of the Alliance noted.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny by Novichok requires a powerful international response. This was announced on Monday, September 21, by the Voice of America.
The head of the Alliance also called on the Russian Federation to conduct a full and transparent investigation of the incident, calling it an attack on democratic rights.
“We strongly condemned Novichok’s attack against Alexey Navalny. I call on Russia to conduct a full and transparent investigation of this terrible attack. This is not just an attack on one person, it is an attack on fundamental democratic rights,” the politician stressed.
In addition, the use of chemical weapons is a serious violation of international law, in particular, the Arms Control Agreement — the Chemical Weapons Convention, Stoltenberg recalled.
Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Washington will respond to the incident with Navalny as soon as his poisoning is confirmed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.