Czech Gov't Aims to Reach 2% Spending on Defense in 2024

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The Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala and the Minister of Defense Jana Černochová say that the government aims to reach spending of 2% of the gross domestic product (GDP) on defense in 2024, instead of the original target date of 2025, according to Radio Prague International.

After a meeting between the two on Thursday, Fiala said that Russia's invasion of Ukraine had proven that his cabinet had been right to set defense and modernization of the Czech army as priorities when they were appointed late last year, reported the Czech Radio.

The prime minister said reaching the target of 2% spending on defense by 2024 was ambitious and would not be easy. NATO members are obliged to put at least that amount of their budget into defense. 

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