Nato countries have agreed to spend 2% of GDP on defence by 2024, but even with the extra cash announced on Monday, the Netherlands’ budget will still only be 1.3% by that date, ambassador Pete Hoekstra told the paper.
‘I have been filled in by the defence ministry about their plans and asked what they mean for spending levels in 2024,’ the ambassador told the paper. While the new investment is ‘real money’, Hoekstra said the real question is ‘why the Netherlands is not prepared to shoulder its share of the Nato budget?’
My friend the American ambassador @petehoekstra is 100% right. The reluctance of the political cartel to fulfill our security commitments is yet another shameful manifestation of their complete moral collapse. We need to replace these leaders. Forum for Democracy is ready. #FVD pic.twitter.com/qfHndFQHjI— Thierry Baudet (@thierrybaudet) May 30, 2019
This means the Netherlands is one of the seven Nato members which spend the least, the ambassador told the paper. Only Estonia, Greece, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Britain met the 2% goal last year.
US president Donald Trump has questioned Nato’s value to Washington after calling on other member states to boost their spending on defence