PM Rishi Sunak Urges NATO Allies to Fortify Defenses Amidst ‘Dangerous Moment’

PM Rishi Sunak Urges NATO Allies to Fortify Defenses Amidst 'Dangerous Moment’
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London (Parliament News) – PM Rishi Sunak advocates for increased defence spending, urging NATO allies to match commitments. UK and Germany lead efforts to fortify European security amidst rising global threats, emphasizing collective defence initiatives.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has cautioned the world encounters a “dangerous moment” as he insisted European allies ramp up defence spending.

The Prime Minister revealed yesterday that he was putting the UK’s defence industry on a “war footing” as he devoted to hiking spending on defence to 2.5% of national output by 2030. The UK will put stress on NATO allies to match the commitment, increasing from the current 2% target. Only 11 members of the alliance fulfilled that goal in 2023.

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At a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin, the Prime Minister stated: “At this dangerous moment, the bond between our two nations is stronger than ever. We meet as a war rages on our continent and new threats are rising around the world.”

He complimented Mr Scholz on his leadership and taking the “historic decision” to improve Germany’s defence spending, which means it will complete the 2% target. “We stand here today together as the leading defence spenders in Europe,” he added. 

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Mr Sunak expressed it was “entirely reasonable” for the United States to call for European leaders to expend more on defence after frequent criticisms from Donald Trump.

Questioned if he was persuaded of the Republican presidential candidate’s commitment to NATO, Mr Sunak stated: “We cannot expect Americans to pay any price, to take any burden if we in Europe are not ourselves prepared to make those sacrifices and make those investments.”

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The PM stated it was important for Europe to indicate a commitment to keep the US determined to the alliance.

Pushed on whether the plan would suggest cuts in other areas of public spending, Mr Sunak stated: “We are making a choice to prioritise defence with both of those findings and I believe that’s the right thing to do because whether we like it or not the world is more difficult now than at any moment since the Cold War and it falls on leaders whether that’s Olaf, whether that’s me to do what’s required to keep our mainland safe and stand up for our values.”

Earlier, Defence Secretary Grant Shapps conveyed the PM would use the NATO summit in Washington DC in July to push for other leaders to hit the 2.5% target. He informed Sky News: “We think in a more dangerous world that would make sense.”

It comes as Mr Sunak earned his first visit to Berlin in 18 months as Prime Minister. The leaders also revealed plans for a joint action to develop remote-controlled artillery firearms for armoured vehicles. The joint programme will design Remote-Controlled Howitzer 155mm Wheeled Artillery Systems for future ground warfare.

Daniele Naddei

Daniele Naddei is a journalist at Parliament News covering European affairs, was born in Naples on April 8, 1991. He also serves as the Director of the CentroSud24 newspaper. During the period from 2010 to 2013, Naddei completed an internship at the esteemed local radio station Radio Club 91. Subsequently, he became the author of a weekly magazine published by the Italian Volleyball Federation of Campania (FIPAV Campania), which led to his registration in the professional order of Journalists of Campania in early 2014, listed under publicists. From 2013 to 2018, he worked as a freelance photojournalist and cameraman for external services for Rai and various local entities, including TeleCapri, CapriEvent, and TLA. Additionally, between 2014 and 2017, Naddei collaborated full-time with various newspapers in Campania, both in print and online. During this period, he also resumed his role as Editor-in-Chief at Radio Club 91.
Naddei is actively involved as a press officer for several companies and is responsible for editing cultural and social events in the city through his association with the Medea Fattoria Sociale. This experience continued until 2021. Throughout these years, he hosted or collaborated on football sports programs for various local broadcasters, including TLA, TvLuna, TeleCapri, Radio Stonata, Radio Amore, and Radio Antenna Uno.
From 2016 to 2018, Naddei was employed as an editor at newspapers of national interest within the circuit, including Internazionale24, Salute24, and OggiScuola. Since 2019, Naddei has been one of the creators of the Rabona television program "Calcio è Passione," which has been broadcast on TeleCapri Sport since 2023.