Countries who have historically been delinquent in meeting their NATO defense spending commitments will now be paying up. They will now be contributing between $130 billion and $400 billion over the next three years.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the former Prime Minister of Norway, called the progress “unprecedented” and thanked President Donald Trump for his leadership at NATO’s 70th anniversary meeting.
Trump has long criticized the organization, which now has 29 members, for being primarily funded by the U.S. for far too long. The U.S. has paid roughly 22 percent of NATO’s direct spending, more than any other member nation. It’s paid even more in NATO’s indirect costs, according to NATO budget information.