When asked about NATO, the Republican candidate Donald Trump has expressed his concern about the members’ lack of payments.
Donald Trump demands that NATO nations meet their financial obligations before they expect the United States to defend them.
Even though his comment has caused strong disapproval from national security experts, NATO’s top commander Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti mentioned in an interview at the Aspen Security Forum that without the nations’ payments, NATO cannot be militarily effective.
“It’s very important,” he said of the need for members to provide adequate funding for the alliance. “Without it, we’re not going to outpace Russia’s modernization. We’ve got to have that in order to provide a credible force.”
General Scaparrotti explained that each member of NATO is supposed to pay two percent of its Gross Domestic Product, but only 5 nations actually do it.
However, NATO’s supreme commander, unlike Trump, does not believe that America’s military support promised in Article 5 should be conditioned to payments.
“One thing they need to know is that they can count on the United States to do what we say we’re going to do,” Scaparrotti said.
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