THIS JUST IN – US President Joe Biden has announced that NATO allies have, “for the first time,” begun spending the required 2% of GDP on defense with Germany and the Baltic states going beyond that minimum.
At a press conference in the Spanish capital of Madrid, Biden emphasized that Russia’s war on Ukraine has united NATO in a way that Vladimir Putin did not anticipate.
Biden pointed out that “Putin wanted the ‘Finlandization’ of NATO but instead received the ‘NATOlization’ of Finland,” meaning rather than triggering NATO members to feel less committed to the Alliance like Finland, the opposite effect of NATO absorbing Finland has been achieved.
Observers believe the Russia/Ukraine war has become somewhat of a brinkmanship between NATO and Russia. what makes it interesting is that while NATO member states face pressure from their citizens due to high cost of living, Putin faces no such pressure at home due to the autocratic regime he presides over.
DNT News, Madrid