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German Defense Ministry says "no debt at NATO" after Trump's tweets

2017-03-20 09:10:59       source:Xinhua News Agency

March 20, 2017

"Germany does not owe NATO and the United States 'vast sums' of money for defense, German Federal Ministry of Defense said on Sunday, rejecting the tweets by U.S. President Donald Trump.

'There is no debt account at NATO,' German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement, elaborating on the distribution of Berlin's military expenditure, which is also allocated to UN peacekeeping, EU operations and anti-terror efforts in addition to NATO missions.

The minister thus said it is unfair to measure Germany's military and security efforts judging solely on its NATO spending."

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