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Cuba warns over climate damage due to NATO’s military expenditures

Havana, Mar 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez warned that while the member States of the North Atlantic Organization (NATO) increase their contracts to acquire more lethal and expensive armaments, they restrict their commitments in terms of climate and environmental financing.

On his X account, the head of Cuban diplomacy reflected that the arms industry is the only major beneficiary of NATO’s high military expenditures.

Recently, Rodríguez stated on the same social network that the military carbon footprint of the transatlantic organization went from 196 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (C02) in 2021 to 226 million in 2023.

Those numbers exceed the greenhouse gas emissions of 80 percent of the world’s countries, noted.

NATO will reach another record figure in military expenditure in 2024, six times higher than the one recorded in 2014, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced in February, despite international alarm over the deployment of arms. The NATO chief indicated that the increase will respond to the projections of all 18 member States to spend two percent of their Gross Domestic Product on defense issues.

Since 2014, members of the war bloc have raised their military budgets by 600 billion dollars, but last year, it reported an unprecedented 11-percent increase in the European allies and Canada.