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Europe must increase defense and security funding to deter Russia - Danish PM

Europe must increase defense and security funding to deter Russia - Danish PM Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

Europe must limit spending on social welfare and reduce taxes to contain a more aggressive Russia at the expense of sustained increases in defense and security funding, according to Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen.

She noted that the "naive" continent must avoid the mistakes of the 1930s and "ramp up" its defense industry to contain imperialist Russia, which has made Ukraine its primary target.

"Freedom comes with a price. From a European perspective we have to admit that we haven’t used enough money on our own defence and security," said Frederiksen.

She pointed out that since the end of the Cold War in the early 1990s, Denmark and other countries had cut military budgets.

"When we did that, we were able to spend more money on welfare or tax reductions. We need to start the conversation that if the world is changing in the direction I think it will, then you cannot spend your penny, or your dollar, or your euro, or your krone two times," said the Danish Prime Minister.

She added that she sees "a more aggressive Russia" in all aspects, not just in Ukraine.

"And I think we have to ask ourselves: is it the final destination for Russia? Or part of what they want to achieve in building a Greater Russia again? After two years of a full-scale invasion, you cannot just talk about one man. You have to talk about the country," she added, noting that the expansionist program was adopted not only by the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin but by the entire society.

Denmark's assistance to Ukraine

Recently, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said that Ukraine cannot win the war without arms, and the world needs to step up and increase support.

The next day, Denmark decided to transfer all artillery in stock to Ukraine, and on February 22, the Danish government announced a new package of military aid to Ukraine worth almost $250 million.

Furthermore, Denmark announced the signing of an agreement with Ukraine to provide security guarantees for 10 years.