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UK’s Keir Starmer urges allies to hike defense spending

2024-07-10 09:21:05       source:Politico

July 9, 2024

LONDON — The United Kingdom’s new Prime Minister, Keir Starmer, has called on NATO member countries to increase defense spending ahead of his first overseas trip as leader. 

Downing Street said Starmer, who will attend this year’s NATO summit in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday, will tell other NATO leaders that “a step up in defence spending can safeguard the future of the alliance.” 

A record 23 out of 32 member countries hit NATO’s requirement this year — double the number from four years ago.

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