President Vladimir Putin attends the Russian Geographical Society's Trustee Council meeting in Saint Petersburg on April 27, 2018. (AFP / Sputnik / Mikhail KLIMENTYEV)
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NATO put on a united front on the need to counter Russian "aggression" Friday, despite differences on defence spending, as new U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pressed allies to shoulder a bigger military burden.There was agreement among foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on the need to find ways to counter Russia's adoption of "hybrid warfare" techniques -- subversion, propaganda, cyber warfare -- to undermine the West without triggering a full NATO military response.Tensions between NATO and Russia are running at levels not seen since the Cold War, but NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg insisted the alliance was still open to dialogue with Moscow.Former CIA chief Pompeo flew in to Brussels barely 12 hours after he was sworn in, which Stoltenberg hailed as a sign of NATO's importance to Washington -- despite Trump's regular barbs directed at the alliance.Some allies, notably wealthy Germany, are reluctant to meet a commitment made at a NATO summit in Wales in September 2014 to spend at least two percent of their GDP on defence.
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