( CNN) Germany's defense minister has repudiated asserts from US President Donald Trump that her country owes NATO “vast sums of money.”

In a statement released on Sunday, Ursula von der Leyen said “there is no debt account in NATO. To relate the 2% defense spending that we want to reach in the next decade solely to NATO is wrong.

“The defense spending also goes to UN-peace mission, into European missions and towards our contributions to the fight against ISIS terrorism.”

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