Lithuania hopes to reach a national defence spending level of 2 percent GDP by 2018, two years earlier than was originally estimated, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė said on Thursday.
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"By 2018, we expect to reach 2 percent," she said during the opening ceremony of the NATO Force Integration Unit in Vilnius.

Last year, Lithuania's political parties agreed to gradually increase defence spending so that it reaches 2 percent of the GDP by 2020.

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