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As fast as the Russians. Hodges urged to develop European infrastructure

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Despite growing defense spending, Germany still lags behind the NATO-set level in 2% of GDP, reports InoTV Post German TV channel N-TV.




Former commander of US forces in Europe, General Ben Hodges called for increased investment in infrastructure development and include these expenses as military.

NATO should provide an incentive for member countries to invest more in their transport networks. It is best to do this by ranking the respective investments of countries such as Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands as military expenditures,
he told reporters.

As the channel explains, the US insists on adhering to the rule on 2% of GDP for military spending, “but the controversial question remains how exactly this should happen: according to the US and many other states, all allies should allocate for military needs by 2024 year 2% of GDP. " However, Berlin only intends to get closer to this goal, the publication emphasizes.

At the same time he plans to move "by mincing steps." Last year, German defense spending amounted to about 36 billion euros, which corresponded to 1,24% of GDP.

Hodges (was in service until the end of 2017), explained that money can be invested in increasing the mobility of the armed forces in Europe.

We must be able to move in our territory at least as quickly as the Russians - in our own,
stressed the ex-commander.

In his opinion, the NATO countries “could themselves provide platform cars for armored vehicles to move by rail; they could also “conclude contracts with railway companies so that they guarantee the transportation of certain volumes of military equipment at any required time.”
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  1. 210ox
    210ox 14 May 2018 10: 35
    +1
    But Europeans found such dirt ... Although it seems like stones ... Imitation of impassability ... Although this is still our road ... Gentlemen, develop infrastructure! And do not hang around in the mud! bully
    1. MPN
      MPN 14 May 2018 10: 36
      +9
      NATO should provide an incentive for member countries to invest more in their transport networks.
      It’s a pity we are not in NATO ... we would have made roads ... repeat
      1. 210ox
        210ox 14 May 2018 10: 38
        +1
        Paul hi Exactly. Last night, traffic in Kerch was opened along the overpass above the entrance to the bridge ...
        Quote: MPN
        NATO should provide an incentive for member countries to invest more in their transport networks.
        It’s a pity we are not in NATO ... we would have made roads ... repeat
        1. MPN
          MPN 14 May 2018 10: 41
          +6
          hi Dmitry!
          Exactly. Last night, traffic in Kerch was opened along the overpass above the entrance to the bridge ...
          Do you think this is our contribution to their program ... such as preparing for them the roads to Moscow? ... laughing
          1. 210ox
            210ox 14 May 2018 10: 47
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            Pavel ...... There, from this road (and indeed wonderful), a step to the left, to the right .... And he sat down by the ears. There is a great opportunity to drown ... But no one will save them. We can cover it with a logger on top ..
            Quote: MPN
            hi Dmitry!
            Exactly. Last night, traffic in Kerch was opened along the overpass above the entrance to the bridge ...
            Do you think this is our contribution to their program ... such as preparing for them the roads to Moscow? ... laughing
            1. MPN
              MPN 14 May 2018 10: 50
              +5
              Quote: 210ox
              But nobody will come to rescue them. We can cover it with a logger on top ..

              good Good method ... good
      2. svp67
        svp67 14 May 2018 10: 41
        +1
        Quote: MPN
        It’s a pity we are not in NATO ... we would have made roads ...

        and would you drink Bavarian beer? So?
        1. MPN
          MPN 14 May 2018 10: 49
          +5
          Quote: svp67
          and would you drink Bavarian beer? So?

          Yep ... laughing
    2. Denis Obukhov
      Denis Obukhov 14 May 2018 10: 54
      +1
      Yah. And when they were spoken to with the language of peace in the 90-00s, what did NATO do? Right, expanding and impudent, so let yourself ask yourself how it happened ..
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 14 May 2018 11: 21
        +3
        But sho is not clear? The guy just modestly kept quiet. that funds must be spent on Amer’s weapons!
  2. Yrec
    Yrec 14 May 2018 10: 46
    +2
    Gee-gee-gee. The NATO equipment does not fit into the GPS (overall clearance of buildings). By rail it can be transported only by clearing the oncoming branch of the railway transport, or even dismantling part of the railway equipment on the stage. Initially, it was supposed to transport equipment only on tankers and by sea. Mass transfer by train of heavy armored vehicles, in the case of a large drum, is impossible.
    1. Merold
      Merold 14 May 2018 11: 04
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      Quote: Yrec
      Gee-gee-gee. The NATO equipment does not fit into the GPS (overall clearance of buildings).

      good
      1. Yrec
        Yrec 14 May 2018 12: 11
        0
        Hmm, we read only the first 2 sentences. Lay out a photo where the NATO echelon parted with an oncoming train. In the background, by the way, the BMP is almost touching the booth. And in motion, the train also sways.
        1. Merold
          Merold 14 May 2018 14: 21
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          Quote: Yrec
          Hmm, we read only the first 2 sentences. Lay out a photo where the NATO echelon parted with an oncoming train.

          Maybe you’d better tell what you got that “It can be transported by train only by clearing the oncoming branch of the train, or even by dismantling part of the train equipment on the stage”. Although I am more than sure that you will not tell.
          I'll post this to you.



          When they are driven, for example, in the Far East where between stations several hours go, then the whole oncoming path is clear? repeat
          1. Yrec
            Yrec 14 May 2018 15: 54
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            If it does not fit into the GPS, then yes. The height of the photo can not be estimated, otherwise it can only be transported where there is no contact network. A special schedule window is created for such compositions. I am a former railwayman, if that.
            1. Merold
              Merold 14 May 2018 16: 42
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              Quote: Yrec
              I am a former railwayman, if that.

              Well, it means that it will be very easy for you to show how "NATO technology does not fit into GPS." I read with interest. wink
              1. Yrec
                Yrec 14 May 2018 17: 43
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                One example: the width of the Abrams tank is 3650 mm. The distance between the extreme points of the European GPS in width (track 1435 mm) - 3250 mm. We have the main GPS (track 1520 mm) - 3550 mm. Count yourself.
                1. Merold
                  Merold 14 May 2018 17: 58
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                  Quote: Yrec
                  One example: the width of the Abrams tank is 3650 mm. The distance between the extreme points of the European GPS in width (track 1435 mm) - 3250 mm. We have the main GPS (track 1520 mm) - 3550 mm. Count yourself.

                  Those. Abrams on the platforms will be in contact with the board riding on the way, right?
                  1. Yrec
                    Yrec 14 May 2018 18: 10
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                    Yes, the abrams on the railway platform is an oversized load. For its transportation, you need to close the oncoming path on the stage. And there it depends on the priority of the echelon, if high - the oncoming trains are on standby until the echelon passes.
                    1. Merold
                      Merold 14 May 2018 19: 02
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                      Quote: Yrec
                      Yes, the abrams on the railway platform is an oversized load. For its transportation, you need to close the oncoming path on the stage.

                      I doubt it. What is the distance from platform to platform and how much will Abrams stick out?
                      1. Yrec
                        Yrec 15 May 2018 08: 43
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                        http://militaryarticle.ru/zarubezhnoe-voennoe-obo
                        zrenie / 2002-zvo / 6936-perevozka-tankov-na-bolshie-
                        rasstojanija Do not believe me read about the transportation of equipment by rail, there briefly.
    2. Alex-a832
      Alex-a832 14 May 2018 12: 00
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      Quote: Yrec
      Mass transfer by train of heavy armored vehicles, in the case of a large drum, is impossible.

      Right And contracts with logistics companies will not solve this problem. We need a restructuring of the transport infrastructure, which is not provided by any budgets in the foreseeable future. This restructuring should also pay for itself as a business project, which is also excluded due to lack of demand. Otherwise, this is a net loss for which few can pay in the EU. NATO will not cover this loss by a thousandth with its needs. Sadness ... lol
  3. cats
    cats 14 May 2018 10: 51
    +1
    We must be able to move in our territory at least as quickly as the Russians - in our own,

    On our..?
    That is, the European barbarians spread dirt on the land of the owner ..
    Ungrateful ..
  4. Denis Obukhov
    Denis Obukhov 14 May 2018 10: 51
    +3
    we can move fast or as fast as they are "(c)
    This is not enough.
    The NATO never fought not against the superior enemy, but even against the equal. They assert themselves only at the expense of the weak.
    Russia had to defeat superior enemy forces throughout its history. And Russia knows how to do it. But the NATO are not.
    Therefore, the speed of movement of NATO, of course, may be needed - to escape ...
  5. Topotun
    Topotun 14 May 2018 10: 52
    +1
    In general, as in the famous Soviet song (film Golden Key):
    - Carry your money .....
  6. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 14 May 2018 10: 54
    0
    As fast as the Russians. Hodges urged to develop European infrastructure

    To drive fast, like Russians, you need to harness it meeeeeedly. That would not only do everything right, but once again check the harness.
    And if according to the instructions, tyap-blunder, then there will be armored vehicles lying on the ditches.
  7. d1975
    d1975 14 May 2018 10: 54
    +1
    Nothing will come of them. Homeland and capital are not compatible. yes
  8. Terenin
    Terenin 14 May 2018 10: 57
    +5
    NATO should provide an incentive for member countries to invest more in their transport networks. Best to do it threat by NATO forces to bomb the parliaments of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands wink
    We must be able to move in our territory at least as quickly as the Russians - in our own, so what's the problem then? reduce vacations for civil servants to 10 days and they will “fly” to be in time everywhere yes
  9. LMN
    LMN 14 May 2018 11: 03
    +3
    I do not cease to be amazed at the arrogance of the United States. So brazenly and openly, to tell others how to spend their budget, this is of course something belay
    1. Thunderbolt
      Thunderbolt 14 May 2018 11: 18
      0
      Quote: LMN
      I do not cease to be amazed at the arrogance of the United States. So brazenly and openly, to tell others how to spend their budget, this is of course something

      Insolence in politics is very important. Whether the CSTO is a case where we are not supported on political issues, and some participate in regional exercises under the auspices of NATO. Financing can not be compared at all.
    2. yehat
      yehat 14 May 2018 14: 36
      0
      Germans signed an agreement under which they commit to spend 2% of the budget
      Americans are trying to gently force them to return to this norm at the expense of dual-use expenses.
  10. askort154
    askort154 14 May 2018 11: 04
    +1
    Where the asphalt ends in Russia, no “NATO” will pass. And if he tries, then Susanin will meet them there! am
    1. rocket757
      rocket757 14 May 2018 11: 24
      +3
      Yes, off-road this argument! Also, general frost to help, but in recent years in the western part of Russia they began to forget about it!
  11. tank66
    tank66 14 May 2018 11: 20
    0
    “To conclude agreements with railway companies so that they guarantee the transportation of certain volumes of military equipment at any required time” is simply charming. Capitalism on the march, in all its glory. Straight, it seems like a Model in 1943, together with Goering, they ask Aloizych (damn it again) to postpone the operation of the Citadel, at least for a month, since the commercial negotiations on the conclusion of lease agreements for railway stations and airfields have not been completed.
    1. your1970
      your1970 14 May 2018 13: 10
      0
      railway transportation, and now it’s our problem, Russian Railways has long been not the owner of rolling stock ...
  12. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 14 May 2018 12: 27
    +1
    that member countries invested more money in their transportation networks.
    Translated into Russian for NATO countries, the definition is appropriate. And Germany will put the United States on good money both with a contribution to NATO and losses from the termination of the Iranian deal (German companies will incur significant losses).
  13. raw174
    raw174 14 May 2018 14: 34
    0
    In such a way, NATO countries will seek to lower their GDP on paper, so Russia will increase its position in the ranking of countries by GDP)))