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    Directive From the Pentagon’s Chief: NATO Members Must Increase Defence Spending

    Uncompromising is the new diplomatic. Pentagon Chief, Jim Mattis, has given a direct ultimatum to NATO members: start spending more on defence this year, or the Trump administration will “moderate its commitment” to them. Mattis, echoing Trump’s own demands, asserted that NATO needs to create a plan to set milestone dates for member governments to reach spending goals. Defense spending, according to the demands, should be as high as 2 percent of gross domestic product. “No longer can the American taxpayer carry a disproportionate share of the defence of Western values,” he said. 



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