Hagel urges NATO members to raise defense budgets in response to Russian threats

By Karen DeYoung, May 2, 2014

NATO members will be “judged harshly” if they do not increase defense spending in response to the challenge now posed by Russia, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told U.S. allies Friday.

“Talking amongst ourselves is no longer good enough. . . . Leaders across our governments must understand the consequences” of the current fiscal impasse, Hagel said in an address at the Wilson Center.

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