In particular, Mike Pence referred to the need to commit to the goals of devoting 2% of GDP to defense matters, according to NATO regulations, which the US accuses several countries of not meeting.
“The United States and Poland will continue, with allies, in the common defense. But the United States and Poland will also continue to ask the Allies to fulfill their promises, ”said Mike Pence, speaking at the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II in Warsaw.
Faced with an audience of dozens of world leaders, including several from NATO, the US Vice President stressed the need for all actors to be involved in order to secure the values of freedom gained after the Allied victory over the United States. Nazi regime.
Shortly before Mike Pence spoke, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier had spoken of Germany's special responsibility for building the European project, saying that Berlin looks upon it as a “project of hope” and thanking the US for its commitment to the freedoms, democracy and the defense of the continent.
Since arriving at the White House in 2016, US President Donald Trump has said that this commitment must be shared and has pointed the finger at Germany, noting that this country (the world's fourth largest economy) only dedicates 1 3% of Defense GDP, below the NATO rules to which it belongs.