NATO allies must step up commitment to defence spending to counter Russian aggression


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The Henry Jackson Society has called for a renewed focus on defence investment in the face of increasing Russian aggression, prior to the meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Brussels tomorrow.

James Rogers, Director of the Global Britain Programme at The Henry Jackson Society, said:

“Given the current volatile state of international politics, it is essential that all NATO allies pull their weight in the face of the increasing threat from Russia in Europe and the Middle East.

“Henry Jackson Society research has found that countries on the European mainland that are members of both NATO and the EU short-changed the alliance by over $96 billion in 2016. Meanwhile, Britain accounted for almost a third of all defence spending by those countries between 2012 and 2016.

“At the NATO Foreign Ministers meeting, it is imperative that the UK and US are firm in their calls for allies to step up their commitment to uphold the rules based international order by investing further in their – and by extension the entire alliance’s – defence and security.”


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