13. 04. 2018 13:36
On Thursday, Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini also met NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels. As Pellegrini said, his visit to the NATO headquarters in Brussels proves that the Slovak Government adheres to Euro-Atlantic values and principles. "I've informed the secretary-general about our plans to increase defence spending in line with the promises given to our allies, specifically to reach spending of 1.6 percent of GDP by 2020 and the 2-percent limit in 2024," Pellegrini told a press briefing after meeting the NATO chief. The fact that Slovakia makes significant contributions to foreign missions was also welcomed by Stoltenberg, who praised the country's commitment to increasing its defence expenditures. According to him, this commitment was underlined, too, by the fact that the Slovak Finance Minister Peter Kažimír also met him on Thursday. At the meeting with Stoltenberg, Pellegrini confirmed Slovakia's commitment to continuing to carry out NATO missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. They also spoke about a new mission that Slovak soldiers will join in Latvia.