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Obama Urges Cameron to Keep UK Defense Spending at 2% of GDP

© REUTERS / KEVIN LAMARQUEPrime Minister Cameron and President Obama outside the West Wing of the White House.
Prime Minister Cameron and President Obama outside the West Wing of the White House. - Sputnik International
Obama urged Cameron to keep defense spending at the NATO-mandated level of 2 percent of GDP.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — US President Barack Obama urged UK Prime Minister David Cameron to keep defense spending at the NATO-mandated level of 2 percent of the gross domestic product.

Cameron stated at the G7 summit in Germany on Sunday that the decision on UK defense spending has to "await Chancellor George Osborne's Spending Review in the autumn," as quoted by the BBC.

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Last week, British media reported that Osborne told the UK Defence Ministry to cut defense spending by $1.5 billion.

Following the reports, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter called on the country to keep its spending at the 2-percent level. Carter added that London was risking becoming disengaged if it cuts its military budget.

The Conservative Party, headed by David Cameron, won a landslide victory in the general elections in the United Kingdom on May 7. In the pre-election campaign the Tories promised to invest some $242 billion into new military equipment over the next decade.

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