Majority of Lithuanians disapprove raising defense spending to 2.5 pct of GDP: new survey

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VILNIUS, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- A majority of Lithuanians disapprove plans to increase defense spending to at least 2.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030, a fresh survey carried out by pollster Vilmorus for news agency BNS showed on Monday.

Out of 1,000 respondents, 55.2 percent said they were against or rather against raising defense spending as stipulated in a political agreement reached among parliamentary parties back in 2018; 30.3 percent said they were in favor or rather in favor of the goal and 14.5 percent undecided, according to the poll, which was carried out earlier this November.

In the agreement signed in September 2018, six Lithuanian parliamentary parties called for increasing defense spending to 2.5 percent of GDP by 2030. This year, Lithuania's defense budget for the first time reached the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) target of 2 percent of GDP. Enditem

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