Greece among 7 out of 30 allies to meet NATO spending target in 2022

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg holds a news conference to present NATO's annual report for 2022, in Brussels, Belgium, March 21, 2023. [Johanna Geron/Reuters]

Greece was among seven out of 30 allies to meet NATO's military spending target of 2% of GDP in 2022, one country less than in 2021 before Russia's invasion of Ukraine, according to the alliance's annual report for 2022. 

Speaking ahead of the launch, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg urged allies to boost defense investment more quickly.

Stoltenberg told reporters in a news conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels that the alliance originally had expected two more countries to meet the goal.

"But because GDP has increased more than expected for a couple of allies, two allies that we expected to be at 2% are now slightly below 2%," he said.

Stoltenberg did not reveal which countries reached the goal but referred to NATO's annual report to be published later on Tuesday.

The report revealed the seven countries to be Greece - which had the highest rate...

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