Portugal “cannot commit to spending 2% of GDP on defence”

Arriving in Madrid today for the official start of the NATO summit, prime minister António Costa has admitted that Portugal is still not in a position to commit to the Alliance’s defence spending target for member countries of 2% of GDP. But Portugal is focused on defence spending of 1.66% of GDP by 2024, he said, and there are “new discussions within the framework of the European Union about the possibility of having community resources to allocate to Defence”. Mr Costa described the summit as ‘starting in the best way’ due to Turkey ‘unblocking’ its opposition to adherance to the Alliance of Finland and Sweden.