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Poland, Estonia push for higher NATO spending

A group of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members led by Poland and Estonia is advocating for higher defense spending in the alliance, Foreign Policy reported. NATO's current guidelines call for spending equal to 2% of the members' gross domestic product (GDP). In the first half of 2022, only nine out of 30 allies reached that level.

While anonymous Western officials said discussions are "in the early stages" and there is no agreement on a figure, some member states want defense spending to be raised to 2.5% or even 3% of GDP. According to the report, the matter could be raised at the NATO defense ministers' meeting on February 14, while an official proposal could be tabled at the next NATO summit in July.

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