Estonia calls for EU to spend more for defense in border states

From Reuters - February 18, 2018

MUNICH (Reuters) - Estonia, worried about a continued Russian military buildup, on Sunday called for the European Union to spend more on the defense of its external borders.

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid said her country was already spending 2.2 percent of economic output on the military and could not afford to spend more, although there were additional military needs.

Our little country cannot do more than it is already doing, she told Reuters in an interview at the Munich Security Conference. But more needs to be done in our region.

Kaljulaid said the EU functioned as a redistribution mechanism, with money to be spent in those areas where it made the most sense.

In the case of security, that would clearly be the border areas, she said, calling for a true defense union that included a mechanism to help all members meet security needs.

Kaljulaid also called for all NATO members to increase defense spending to meet the NATO target of spending 2 percent of gross domestic product on the military by 2024.


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