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NATO target for defence spending should rise due to ‘more dangerous world’ , Grant Shapps says | Politics News

Defence Secretary Grant Shapps has said he wants the new NATO target for defence spending to be 2.5% of gross domestic product rather than the current 2%.

“We’re now saying we think that should be 2.5%. We think in a more dangerous world that would make sense,” he told Kay Burley on Sky News.

“I will be arguing that, and I know that the prime minister feels strongly about it, when we go to the NATO 75th anniversary summit which is in Washington DC.

“We will say that 2% 10 years ago, when we didn’t have the significant rise of China, North Korea now nuclear-armed, Iran attacking and using its proxies to attack and a very much less stable world given Russia’s full scale invasion of Ukraine.”

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