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BRUSSELS NATO declared Thursday that alliance defence spending is moving in the "right direction," although one country, the United States, still accounts for almost three quarters of the alliance's total defence expenditures.

´╗┐Allied defence spending going in right direction

NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said that last year, 16 NATO countries not only stopped cuts to defence spending but increased expenditures in real terms. Stoltenberg said "cuts in defence spending by European allies have practically stopped."

President Barack Obama and other NATO leaders agreed in 2014 that their countries should aim to spend 2 per cent of Gross Domestic Product on defence. Stoltenberg said while only three countries met that goal that year, five did in 2015 : the United States, Britain, Greece, Poland and Estonia.

Aggregate defence spending by Women Canada Goose Expedition Parka Black Outlet Nz NATO's European members and Canada dropped 0.3 per cent last year, just a third of the reduction the previous year, the report said.