Disinfo: NATO countries have been increasing the defense spending and now they don’t have lung ventilators

Summary

At the insistence of the US, NATO has been pushing its members to increase the defense spending. Now it appears that many of them don’t have epidemiological services, lack lung ventilation machines.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the coronavirus and NATO.

The disinformation message suggest that defense spending of NATO allies comes directly at the expense of public health.

In 2006, NATO Defence Ministers agreed to commit a minimum of two per cent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to spending on defence. It is a guideline, which principally serves as an indicator of a country’s political will to contribute to the Alliance’s common defence efforts. Read more about funding NATO here.

In democratic countries setting the state budget is a complex political process reflecting social needs as well as national political priorities. For example in 2017 UK spent 9,6 % of GDP on public health;  according to the OECD data the same year the health spending in France was 11,3% GDP.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, NATO

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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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