US troops roll into Romania in “good company”

NATO member countries have come under increased pressure to commit themselves to spending at least 2 per cent of their GDP on defence.

This pressure has increased sharply since the election in the US of President Donald Trump who complained vociferously in his election campaign about NATO member states in Europe relying on US military might and spending.

Last year, only five of the 28 member states – the US, Britain, Greece, Turkey and Estonia – met the 2-per-cent target.

Under this pressure from both Washington and Brussels, Romania has increased its defence spending in 2017 to 2 per cent of GDP, worth 16.3 billion lei [3.6 billion euros]

The decision to increase defence spending was welcomed by NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, who hailed Romania as an example to other member states.

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