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Outgoing Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren warned that the Netherlands might need to double its defense spending if the United States were to withdraw

from NATO under a potential second term of President Donald Trump. Speaking on Nieuwsuur, Ollongren emphasized the significance of American support within the alliance and the potential consequences if it were to be withdrawn.

While the Netherlands currently falls just below the NATO standard of allocating 2 percent of its GDP to defense, Ollongren stressed that the absence of American backing would necessitate a reevaluation of defense spending. Although she described the scenario as theoretical and unlikely, Ollongren highlighted Trump's past threats to withdraw from NATO, underscoring the importance of considering such scenarios within NATO member states.

The issue of defense spending has gained prominence following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022, with 18 out of 31 NATO countries meeting the 2 percent standard this year compared to only seven last year.

During a recent meeting of NATO Defense Ministers in Brussels, concerns were raised about the possibility of a Russian attack on a NATO country within the next three to five years. While Ollongren refrained from specifying a timeline for such an attack, she emphasized the seriousness of the threat posed by Russia, citing the country's ability to rapidly mobilize its war economy.

Highlighting the need for comprehensive preparedness, Ollongren emphasized the importance of societal readiness, including increased recruitment for the armed forces and greater investment in cyber defense. She emphasized that defense is a collective responsibility, requiring collaboration across various sectors to ensure effective response mechanisms.

In conclusion, Ollongren emphasized the necessity for coordinated efforts in bolstering defense capabilities, emphasizing the importance of readiness and collaboration across all segments of society. Photo by Vrij te gebruiken ovv: Martijn Beekman / D66, Wikimedia commons.

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