The Russians Are Coming! US Pressures Europe to Spend More on Military

Monday, February 29, 2016
By Paul Martin

The US is pressuring Denmark and several other European nations to increase defense spending.

According to Danish newspaper Berlingske, the US is pushing the line that the ‘Russian threat’ is real and must be confronted via military means, essentially starting a new Cold War. However, some nations remain skeptical of Washington’s rhetoric.

This diplomatic effort comes ahead of the upcoming NATO summit scheduled to take place in Warsaw in July, as Washington seeks to persuade European member states to increase their financial contribution to the alliance’s needs.

“I think that the Danish government knows what I, as an American ambassador, think about the Danish defense budget,” US ambassador to Copenhagen Rufus Gifford told Berlingske. “For a very long time we have known that European countries have cut their defense spending. But now is the time to reinvest. It will be a very important subject at the July summit in Warsaw.”

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