NATO chief urges defence budget hike amid command expansion
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BRUSSELS — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday urged European allies and Canada to keep ramping up
Only eight of the 29 NATO member countries are forecast to reach this year the alliance's spending guideline of 2
"To keep our nations safe, we need more
The ministers, including U.S.
The U.S. is expected to take responsibility for the Atlantic command, while Germany is best placed for the logistics hub. Allies are also likely to announce the launch of a new cyberoperations
NATO nations cut
U.S. President Donald Trump also publicly berated the Europeans and Canada at a summit last year, demanding that they start paying 2
The U.S. spends more on
During the meeting Wednesday, Mattis told his allies to stump up more cash and military equipment, and provide more resources for NATO operations.
"You can't have either, or. It's got to be cash and capabilities and contributions," was the message Mattis delivered, according to a NATO official. The official briefed reporters on the condition of anonymity because he is not permitted to speak publicly about the closed-door deliberations.
The Europeans and Canada have boosted
"We cannot expect to outsource our security obligations, Europe's security, to the United States," he said.
NATO allies are also expected on Thursday to launch planning for a mission to train military officers in Iraq and help build up the conflict-torn country's military academies.
Lolita C. Baldor in Brussels contributed to this report.