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‘Can’t let our guard down again’ Truss rages at NATO allies as she demands spending met

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Liz Truss declined to say if she agrees with Defence Secretary Ben Wallace’s plea for a significant increase in defence spending, but said the budget must be “fit for purpose”. Speaking from the NATO Summit in Madrid, she insisted members need to ensure they meet the 2 percent spending requirements in defence this year to ensure the alliance does not “let our guard down again”. Ms told Sky News: “I agree that we need to make sure that all of the Western alliance is spending more on defence and putting more into … supporting our eastern allies.

“I’m not going to get into details of the negotiations of the spending review.

“I think it is imperative that we do make sure that our defence budget is fit for purpose and also able to deal with the modern challenges like cyber warfare, the issues that we face in space as well.”

Asked about Government plans to shrink the Army, she said: “I support our plans on defence.

“But what I’m saying is we need to continue to evolve them as we face new and different threats. I don’t think any of us expected to see this type of war on European land in our lifetimes.”

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