Commander of the U.S.-South Korea Combined Forces Command U.S. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti speaks during a ceremony marking the 61st anniversary of the signing of the Korean War ceasefire armistice agreement at the truce village of Panmunjom July 27, 2014. REUTERS/KIM HONG-JI/FILES
Military.com: US General in Europe Agrees NATO States Must Pay More for Defense
The commander of U.S. European Command recently said allied nations must pay their fair share of defense costs to deter Russia in comments that support Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's tough talk on NATO.
U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, EUCOM commander and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, emphasized to an audience at last week's Aspen Security Forum that European countries, as well as the United States, have an obligation to spend at least 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense.
"I support the idea that we have committed to a 2 percent [goal] and of that 20 percent toward modernization," Scaparrotti said July 28.
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WNU Editor: I guess General Scaparrotti did not get the memo .... Trump Triggers Alarms in Europe by Questioning Defense of NATO States (Military.com).