- Title: NATO foreign ministers meet to discuss burden sharing
- Date: 31st March 2017
- Summary: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (MARCH 31, 2017) (REUTERS) 1 U.S. FLAG OUTSIDE NATO HEADQUARTERS NATO MEMBERS FLAGS OUTSIDE NATO HEADQUARTERS MAIN ENTRANCE NATO FLAG SECURITY OFFICER HOLDING MACHINE GUN MASKED SECURITY OFFICER ON ROOFTOP OVERLOOKING FOREIGN MINISTERS ARRIVALS
- Embargoed: 14th April 2017 10:40
- Keywords: NATO Foreign defence spending Ayrault Gabriel Johnson Cavusoglu US Syria
- Location: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- City: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- Country: Belgium
- Topics: NATO,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016AAIWQV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: NATO foreign ministers on Friday (March 31) arrived in Brussels for talks that will look into ways of keeping Washington committed to the alliance, which the new U.S. President Donald Trump has denounced as "obsolete".
Under Trump, Washington has stepped up pressure on Europe to pay more for its own defence. The new U.S. President has also said fighting terrorism was his chief priority and the alliance should do more on that.
Only four European NATO members - Estonia, Greece, Poland and Britain - met the alliance's agreed requirement of spending two percent of their annual economic output on defence.
For Europe's largest economy, Germany, Berlin's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said it was not even desirable, while Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the UK is committed to the goal of spending 2% of their GDP on defence.
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