German Defence Minister Cites ‘Russia’s Behaviour’ to Justify Boosting Military Spending

BERLIN (Sputnik) – Germany should invest in its own security to effectively confront challenges, including those coming from Russia, Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told the RND media group.

In a Saturday interview, Kramp-Karrenbauer said that higher military spending met Germany’s security interests and was never about “doing the United States a favour.”

“We must take care of our own security. Challenges are growing — with new technologies, in the form of hybrid threats, but also at the regional level, for example, taking into account the behaviour of Russia”, the minister stated, also mentioning challenges related to “systemic confrontation with China”.

The hybrid threat, she went on, is probably the biggest.

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