NATO chief asks defence ministers to dig deep for reform drive

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is asking the alliance’s defence ministers to throw more cash into the pot for shared deterrence and defence activities as part of a long-term reform plan. The boost would support allied deployments in the Russian-facing eastern flank of the 30-member bloc, as well as air policing, marine deployments and joint manoeuvres, according to the alliance head on Wednesday. Activities such as those in the Black Sea or Baltic regions are all paid for by those allies sending troops or equipment. “My proposal is that NATO should cover some of those costs because th…

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