Bill Etheridge, UKIP Defence Spokesman, has lambasted the levels of military spending throughout NATO as President-elect Donald Trump called the bloc “obsolete” for failing to adequately deal with terrorism. In a statement contradicting the incoming defence chief, Mr Trump reiterated his criticism that "a lot of" the 28 member states were relying on the USA and not paying their fair share.
His comments have raised concerns throughout the alliance, according to Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German Foreign Minister.
Mr Etheridge, UKIP MEP for the West Midlands, said “It is a crime that so many nations in NATO have failed to meet their obligations.
“It is their failures that have pushed the incoming President into the situation where he feels obligated to question an alliance which has kept the peace for so long.
“I would hope that we can turn round Mr Trump’s “obsolete” conclusion and show that, with investment and a modern approach, NATO can be the vehicle for peace in the 21st century.
“The neglect of NATO has to stop!”