US warns EU over €13-billion defense spending
15 May 2019 | 3:13 pm
The US has warned the European Union that plans to boost defense cooperation within the EU could undo decades of trans-Atlantic cooperation and damage NATO. The EU's foreign policy chief said US concerns were unfounded.
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