U.S. pushes for NATO ‘inflation’ as Europe’s security deteriorates

The NATO summit will be held in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius next week. Since NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced in an interview in January this year that NATO’s July summit will set a new defense expenditure target, some analysts pointed out that further raising the military expenditure target will be the goal of the NATO summit. One of the main topics.

According to Russian media reports on the 3rd, it is estimated that the defense expenditure of NATO member states will reach 1.3 trillion US dollars in 2023, and among the member states, the military expenditure of the United States will undoubtedly rank first.

During the Trump administration, the United States tried its best to push European NATO allies to increase military spending, but there were very few responses.

After the Ukraine crisis broke out, some European allies began to relax and were willing to increase military spending. For the United States, this not only reduces the burden of its economic investment in European defense, but also allows the military-industrial interest groups in the United States to make a lot of money through conflicts.

Before the Russia-Ukraine conflict, NATO once lost its direction of development. French President Emmanuel Macron once famously asserted that NATO is “brain dead”.

Following the Russia-Ukraine conflict, NATO was reactivated. NATO first absorbed Finland, and then Sweden is expected to join in the near future. Both countries have abandoned their centuries-old tradition of neutrality. At the same time, NATO broke the tradition of not stationing troops in Eastern Europe and began to deploy permanent military forces in Eastern Europe.

The entire European security landscape has undergone major adjustments. In the past, there was still a certain buffer zone between Russia and NATO, but now, the border between Finland and Russia has become the border between NATO and Russia. NATO’s strengthening of its military deployment in Eastern Europe has also led to Russia’s strengthening of its military deployment in the west, including the deployment of nuclear forces in Belarus.

These adjustments will create a clear divide in European security. Previously, the two sides established some mechanisms to manage and control the risk of conflict during the years of getting along, but now, Russia and NATO not only lack such mechanisms, but also lack basic mutual trust, which is very dangerous.

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