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    Estonian PM: Discussions of NATO meeting have so far been constructive, honest

    BRUSSELS, Jul 11, BNS - Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas after the first discussion session of the NATO summit in Brussels on Wednesday said that the discussions of the heads of state and government of the alliance have so far been constructive and honest.

    "The atmosphere is such that there are 29 countries behind the table who stand for the unity and solidarity of NATO," Ratas told Estonian journalists, adding that U.S. President Donald Trump expressed his love of Europe.

    According to the prime minister, one of the main topics of the discussion was defense spending and he also emphasized in his speech the need to continue the current positive trend. "There are differences of opinion, but we must maintain the positive trend and route today. The defense spending of over half of NATO states should be over two percent of GDP by 2024," Ratas said.

    Ratas also said that many of the leaders behind the table considered Trump's emphasis on increasing the contribution of allies to be right.

    Baltic News Service

    • Published: 11.07.2018 19:19
    • LETA, BNS
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