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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

US diplomat warns Europe of 'dangerous' defence spending cuts

Samantha PowerA senior US diplomat has warned of a "dangerous" gulf emerging between US and European defence spending. Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the United Nations, has appealed to European governments to spend more.

She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that cuts to defence budgets in Europe were "concerning". Prime Minister David Cameron said the UK already met the Nato defence spending target and was also "due to meet it in the coming years".

Ms Power said that in "most cases" defence spending in Europe was shrinking, despite a growth in defence threats.

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