Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas noted that former US President Donald Trump's statements regarding increased defense spending could serve as a signal to some European Union countries that do not allocate enough funds for military needs.
“I think the remarks of the American presidential candidate may attract the attention of some European member countries whose contribution is not so significant. I hope this will stimulate increased military spending, and together we will become more resilient,” Kallas said during a joint press conference with President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, on Monday in Tallinn.
Metsola, in turn, stressed the need for European countries to increase defense funding and send a clear signal of readiness to provide mutual defense if necessary.
Earlier, at a rally in South Carolina, Donald Trump spoke about a dialogue with the head of NATO regarding guarantees for the protection of allies in the event of a potential conflict with Russia. Trump noted that he would not provide this protection because many NATO countries do not allocate enough funds for defense.