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Hagel: Ukraine Crisis Highlights NATO Defense Spending Problem

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May 02, 2014 AT 12:32 PM
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Friday that 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. The Pentagon chief, in a speech on the future of the 28-nation alliance, said Russia's seizure of the Crimean peninsula and other actions "reminded NATO of its founding purpose" and "presented a clarifying moment for the transatlantic alliance."