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Czech defence spending could be capped at 1.4% of GDP

14 February 2020
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The Czech Republic may not increase defence spending from the current 1.3% to 2% of GDP in 2024, as Prague has promised NATO, according to the prime minister and interior minister. "If we were to have 2% today, it would be around CZK130 billion [USD5.7 billion]. Of course, this is not possible and the Ministry of Defence [MoD] is not in a position to spend this amount," said Prime Minister Andrej Babiš during a visit to Israel on 22-23 January.

This was confirmed by his deputy, Interior Minister Jan Hamáček. "Two percent of GDP for the army is not reasonable at the moment.

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