Greece was recently commended, over its defense investments by NATO's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
As reported by Voice of America, the Secretary General stated that the US, the UK and Estonia are the sole "allies that invest at least 2 percent of gross domestic product in defense" during "A Strong Transatlantic Bond for an Unpredictable World" seminar held in Washington, D.C.
Rasmussen voiced his concerns over elements that threaten individual liberty, human rights, democracy and the rule of law. He commented, "today, those values and our way of life are once more under threat...An arc of instability from the Middle East to North Africa and the Sahel. Rising tensions and territorial disputes in Asia. And a revisionist Russia breaking international rules and undermining trust", as reported by ANA-MPA.
The Secretary General further declared, "I believe there are three things we must do. Reinforce our economic ties. Deepen our personal and cultural links. And strengthen our security...The trade deals currently being negotiated between North America and Europe are the next step. And the right step. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership will eliminate tariffs, cut red tape and open up new markets. It is potentially the biggest trade and investment deal in history".
Rasmussen spoke of what is needed, "Security is necessary for us to live free from fear...Some European nations can - and should - do more". He referenced Greece, that even though the nation faced a serious financial crisis, it still invested at least 2% of its GDP in the defense sector.
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