Canada opposes NATO budget boost - sources


B00Mer
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Canada opposes NATO budget boost



The NATO chief wants member states to agree to increase their defense spending at next week’s summit. But Canada is determined to block the move, Reuters reports, citing anonymous sources familiar with negotiations on the issue.

NATO would like to see its member states commit to raising their defense spending to 2 percent of GDP over the next 10 years. In 2013, only four countries - the US, Britain, Greece and Estonia – spent this much on defense.

The bloc mostly needs its budget boosted for “a more visible NATO presence in the east” to counter Russia, which according to the alliance’s chief, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, is “actively participating in the Ukrainian upheaval.” Moscow has repeatedly denied any such claims.

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"Canada has made clear it will block consensus and even though the focus is on European members, this is making life harder for NATO as it faces Russian aggression," one of the sources close to negotiations told Reuters.



Canada believes that whatever the situation in Ukraine is, it’s not a good reason to bind NATO member states to long-term commitments of higher defense spending.

"We are open to increasing defense spending, but to specific ends ... we're talking about committing numbers over 10 years when there is a pressing need to respond to the situation with Russia and Ukraine," a senior Canadian official said.

"The response to that is not a 10-year commitment ... it's not more press releases, it's taking action, and I think in that regard Canada is actually pulling its weight."

The official added that doubling the country’s defense expenditures would not be supported by Canadians.

Canada has so far sent six fighter jets to patrol the skies over Eastern Europe. Canadian troops have participated in exercises in Poland. Ottawa also provided non-lethal military aid to Ukraine and promised Kiev C$220 million (US$202 million) in loans and loan guarantees.

The country is not alone in its discontent with the prospect of increasing defense spending to 2 percent of GDP. Germany has earlier voiced its concern over the issue.

"Germany believes that the 2 percent requirement is unsuitable as an assessment criterion to determine the loyalty of a member state to the alliance. We should talk less about percentages of defense budgets and more about smart ways to obtain better capabilities," a German Defense Ministry spokesman said.

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Goober
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I thick our Defense budget is down to 1 % - This makes it lower than the Decade of Darkness under the Liberals who had there lowest level of 1.2 %.

Now does anyone see the ships, trucks and other things Harper promised? Must be stealthy.
Oh yeah and buying a chopper that does not have a run dry hydraulics capability of 30 minutes.
Make us a first on that one.
 
mentalfloss
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Harper's one saving grace.
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Harper's one saving grace.

Yeah, send troops to War poorly equipped. That is a Lib/NDP attitude seems he caught this same disease in order to meet the budget surplus.
Ffn sad post you made.
 
Colpy
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Completely outrageous on our part.

Unfortunately, both the Liberals and the NDP would be worse.
 
Blackleaf
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I think only about four or five NATO countries, including the might of Luxembourg, spend less of their GDP on defence than Canada.

By the way, a group of schoolchildren at a school near the Welsh town of Newport where the NATO summit is being held got a surprise (although not necessarily a nice one) earlier today:

'Hands up if you know how to spell Nato':
Obama and Cameron stun Welsh primary school pupils by walking into their classroom (but why did White House agent have to ride in the boot?)




Barack Obama greeted the smiling youngsters of Mount Pleasant Primary School in Welsh by saying 'bore da' - 'good morning'. He then listened to a welcome message, thanking him for being the first serving US president to visit Wales. The road along Ruskin Avenue in Rogerstone, near Newport (right), was faced by the sight of scores of police officers and the presidential convoy pulling up at the school gates. The US President and Prime Minister David Cameron (left) are attending the Nato summit at nearby Celtic Manor. One of Mr Obama's security detail could be seen watching the crowds out the back of a vehicle (circled, right).

You can always tell when the Yank president is in town with the over-the-top ring of steel and security that accompanies him everywhere. Even the Queen has less bodyguards. I wonder why...


A VERY important classroom! Barack Obama and David Cameron join pupils at school ahead of Nato summit after presidential motorcade sweeps through Welsh towns | Mail Online
Last edited by Blackleaf; Sep 4th, 2014 at 08:35 AM..
 
taxslave
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I am all in favor of having a properly equiped armed forces but think about it. How often does Canada send forces to other parts of the world and how often do these same countries come to our aid?
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

I am all in favor of having a properly equiped armed forces but think about it. How often does Canada send forces to other parts of the world and how often do these same countries come to our aid?


They wouldn't have to come to your aid if you were properly able to defend yourselves. Defence isn't just OFFensive. It's DEFensive as well. Greece and Estonia spend more, comparitively, on their militaries than Canada does.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

They wouldn't have to come to your aid if you were properly able to defend yourselves. Defence isn't just OFFensive. It's DEFensive as well. Greece and Estonia spend more, comparitively, on their militaries than Canada does.

So when did NATO come to help Canada?
 

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