Wednesday, January 25, 2017

NATO Getting Serious

We've written about Trump's criticism of "free-riding" by NATO countries, not living up to their treaty agreement to spend at least 2% of GDP on defense. His comments are already having an effect.

See an article at The Cipher Brief concerning increased defense spending and activity in the Baltic republics: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Key quote:
By 2018, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are all set to spend at least 2 percent of GDP on defense – the NATO defense spending goal agreed to by all members as requisite for equal and sufficient contribution to the transatlantic security alliance.
Poland, always at risk in the precarious "neighborhood" between Russia and Germany, has also stepped up its defense spending.