Baltic: Baltic leaders to present NATO capability development plan

The Baltic States will present a capability development plan at the upcoming NATO summit in Washington, BNS reports. Estonian President Alar Karis emphasised the need for increased defence spending, suggesting a minimum target of 2.5-3% of GDP. Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda pointed out that Lithuania’s defence spending has already reached 3% of GDP in 2024. He underscored the importance of strengthening NATO’s eastern flank and implementing regional defence plans. Additionally, Lithuania aims to discuss a rotational air defence model at the Washington summit.