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The US has hinted the UK, the dominant partner in NATO may be France, if London is not to increase spending on arms. About it writes The Independent.
According to the publication, Washington is concerned about the reduction of military and political power of the United Kingdom. The Minister of defense of the United States Jim Mattis wrote in his letter to the British colleague Gavin Williamson.
“The reliability of the British armed forces played a key role in holding the country’s leading position on the world stage”, — stated in the message. However, it notes that the state’s ability to maintain its position “under threat of erosion.”
Washington hopes that the British government will allocate more funds for military spending. Now London, according to the established Alliance of the norm, pays for these purposes, two percent of its GDP. According to Mattis, from world powers, obligations and interests of which lie in different regions around the world, he expects a big investment.
At the same time, he noted that France has pledged to additionally spend on defense 260 billion euros. “The fact that Britain remained the main partner of the United States — in the interests of both countries”, — said the Minister. However, the London “we must maintain and strengthen its military potential”.
In June, British MPs demanded to increase military spending to counter “a resurgent threat from such States as Russia”.
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