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2019.11.25 09:40

Majority of Lithuanians against upping defence spending to 2.5 percent GDP – survey

BNS2019.11.25 09:40

The majority Lithuanians are against political parties' agreement to increase defense spending to at least 2.5 percent GDP in 2030, according to a survey carried out by Vilmorus for BNS on November 8-16.

Out of 1,000 respondents, 30.3 percent said they were in favour or were rather in favor of the planned increase in the defense budget, as stipulated in the agreement. However, 55.2 percent said they were against or rather against and another 14.5 percent were undecided.

The agreement on the guidelines of Lithuania's defence policy was signed by the leaders of six parliamentary parties in September 2018, with the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania refusing to join. President Gitanas Nausėda has called for the implementation of this agreement.

Lithuania's defence budget has for the first time reached NATO's target of 2 percent GDP this year. However, the country had to borrow 30 million euro to stay above the benchmark due to higher economic growth than predicted in the yearly budget.

Read more: Lithuanian to meet 2 percent GDP defence spending this year, continue military modernisation

1,000 adult Lithuanian residents were surveyed on Nov 8-16.

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