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Polish President Calls for Increased Defense Spending by NATO Allies

Warsaw, Poland – In a move likely to reignite debate within the alliance, Polish President Andrzej Duda has called on other members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to increase their defense spending to 3% of their gross domestic product (GDP).

President Duda made the statement on Monday, March 11th, 2024, during a meeting of Poland’s National Security Council. His comments come in the wake of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, which has heightened security concerns across Eastern Europe.

“Nobody will dare to attack a strong NATO, strong nations that will be able to defend their borders,” President Duda said.

Currently, NATO members are only obligated to spend 2% of their GDP on defense, a target many have yet to reach. Poland, however, stands out as a leader in this regard, currently allocating around 4% of its GDP to its military.

President Duda’s proposal is likely to be met with mixed reactions from other NATO members. While some may be receptive to the idea of increased spending in light of the Ukraine crisis, others may cite economic constraints or prioritize domestic spending over defense.

The United States, which currently spends far above the 2% target, is expected to endorse the call for increased spending. However, convincing all members to reach the 3% threshold could prove a significant challenge.

President Duda plans to formally propose the spending increase during a visit to the United States this week. He is expected to discuss the issue with both President Joe Biden and other key figures within the Biden administration.

The debate over defense spending within NATO is likely to continue in the coming months. President Duda’s call serves as a reminder of the ongoing security concerns facing the alliance and the need for a collective response from its members.

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