NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has urged the alliance’s member countries to boost defense spending amid rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia, Reuters reported Thursday.
Rasmussen also called for increased European defense investments during a security conference Thursday in Slovakia, according to the report.
“Russian defense spending has grown by more than 10 percent in real terms each year over the past five years,” he told the forum audience.
“By contrast, several European NATO countries have cut their defense spending by more than 20 percent over the same period,” he added.
NATO wants member states to allot 2.5 percent each of their gross domestic product for defense programs.