國防部長本-華萊士將因俄羅斯的威脅而呼籲增加軍事開支

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國防部長本-華萊士將因俄羅斯的威脅而呼籲增加軍事開支

他將在周二發表演講--但據說已經要求首相在2028年前將國防開支增加到GDP的2.5%。

英國目前的國防開支約占GDP的2%,與北約為成員國設定的目標一致。

華萊士先生在皇家聯合服務研究所智囊團組織的會議上說,鑑於俄羅斯入侵烏克蘭,威脅已經發生變化,政府必須準備投入更多資金,以保證人民的安全。

國防部消息人士告訴BBC國防記者喬納森-比厄,華萊士先生希望在本十年中期增加國防預算。

在給首相鮑里斯-約翰遜的信中,國防部長還敦促首相呼籲其他北約領導人將每個國家的支出提高到國民收入的2.5%,Talk TV報道。

在回答有關該信內容的問題時,一位國防部人士告訴PA媒體通訊社,國防部不對泄密發表評論。

"國防部長和總理一直說,政府將對威脅的任何變化作出回應,這就是為什麼在2020年國防部收到了創紀錄的國防結算,"該消息人士說。

新任武裝部隊負責人在其首次重要講話中也將強調英國安全形勢的惡化。

帕特里克-桑德斯爵士將軍將說,他從未見過 "像普京總統的野蠻侵略 "這樣明確的威脅。

他將把烏克蘭戰爭比作第二次世界大戰前的準備工作,將俄羅斯對烏克蘭的入侵描述為英國的 "1937年時刻"。

這些講話是在馬德里舉行的北約領導人峰會之前發表的,預計峰會還將討論盟國的準備情況和國防開支問題。

這個防禦性聯盟的秘書長延斯-斯托爾滕貝格已經明確表示,他希望將成員國每年國民收入的2%用於國防的目標作為一條基線,而不是一個上限。


He will give a speech on Tuesday - but has reportedly already asked the prime minister to increase defence spending to 2.5% of GDP by 2028.

The UK is currently spending around 2% of GDP on defence, matching the target set by the Nato for member nations.

Mr Wallace tell a conference organised by the Royal United Services Institute think tank that, in light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the threat has changed and governments must be prepared to invest more to keep people safe.

Defence sources have told the BBC's defence correspondent Jonathan Beale that Mr Wallace he wants an increase in the defence budget by the middle of this decade.

In a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the defence secretary also urged the PM to call on other Nato leaders to raise the spend per country to 2.5% of national income, Talk TV repots.

In response to questions about the letter's contents, a defence source told the PA Media news agency that the Ministry of Defence does not comment on leaks.

"The defence secretary and the prime minister have always said that the government will respond to any changes in threat which is why in 2020 the Ministry of Defence received a record defence settlement," the source said.

The worsening security situation for the UK will also be highlighted by the new head of the armed forces in his first major speech.

General Sir Patrick Sanders will say he has never known such a clear threat "as the brutal aggression of President Putin".

He is set to liken the war in Ukraine to the build up to World War Two, describing the Russian invasion of Ukraine as a "1937 moment" for the UK.

The speeches come ahead of a summit of Nato leaders in Madrid, which is also expected to address allies readiness and spending on defence.

The defensive alliance's secretary general Jens Stoltenberg has already made clear he wants a target of members spending 2% of their annual national income on defence to be a base line, rather than a ceiling.

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