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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Denmark's status in Nato threatened: top official

HDMS Iver Huitfeldt (F361)General Knud Bartels, Denmark’s former defence minister and the recently-replaced chairman of the Nato Military Committee, warned new Defence Minister Carl Holst that Denmark’s relevance in Nato is threatened by holes in the defence budget and “a growing discrepancy between [Denmark’s] ambition level and [its] ability to contribute” to the military alliance.

Berlingske newspaper obtained and published a two-page letter sent by Bartels just before he ended his term at the head of the Military Committee in June. In the letter, Bartels expressed concern about Denmark’s planned military spending, which he says fails to keep pace with growing Russian aggression.

The former defence minister warns his successor that “the changing security policy situation” and coming changes to Nato’s structure threaten to leave Denmark on the outside looking in.

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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11/8/15 13:45

    Knud Bartels was never defence minister of Denmark.


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