Sofia. Source: Focus Information Agency
Allocating even 2% for defence spending is too much of a challenge for countries like Bulgaria, while the 4% requested by Washington is unachievable, Reserve Brig. Gen. Valentin Tsankov, Deputy Chairman of the Association of Ground Troops, told Focus Radio
this morning. He said the considerable sums were aimed at achieving and consolidating technological and military superiority. “That request was not expected by the US allies and perhaps therefore it was not seriously discussed. An increase to 4% is an unattainable goal, first of all in view of the European allies’ reluctance to allocate such large sums. Even the increase to just 2% of GDP by 2024 will cost them 266 billion. This new requested percentage reflects the ambitions, and if the intention of US President Donald Trump was to set a standard or level for his European allies, then this can partly explain the requested 4%,” Brig. Gen. Tsankov said. Another important decision at the NATO summit in Brussels was the creation of a cyber operations centre, whereby some threats could be considered part of the hybrid war and a cause of attack, he added. This creates conditions for provocation because proving hybrid attacks is too difficult, he warned, adding that any escalation might even lead to a global war.
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