File - US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington,DC on May 2, 2014 to mark the 20th anniversary of the Brussels Summit, which marked the beginning of NATO's post-Cold War expansion. (AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM)
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Russia's actions in Ukraine have shattered the myth of European security in the post-Cold War era and underscored the danger NATO allies have created by failing to meet their defense spending pledges, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Friday.Only four of the NATO partners met their agreed target of spending 2 percent of GDP on defense in 2013 -- Estonia, Greece, Britain and the United States.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday urged NATO allies who are not meeting the 2 percent defense spending benchmark to boost their payments to the alliance in the next five years.To help meet the goal of increasing defense spending, Hagel called for NATO members' finance ministers or budget officials to attend an alliance meeting to discuss the issue.
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