Mattis Presses Europe on NATO Defense Spending

The U.S. defense secretary tells European officials that troop and other contributions aren’t a substitute for raising military budgets

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis pressed allies Wednesday to continue boosting military budgets, even as fresh evidence emerged that increases in European defense spending have yet to erase the impact of years of cuts.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has in recent days touted an expansion in European military spending, pressured by concerns of a newly aggressive Russia and by a Trump administration push for alliance members to spend at least 2% of gross domestic product on defense by 2024.

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