North European countries increase defence budgets to counter Russian posturing
The regional threat posed by Russia is forcing neighbouring countries in Northern Europe to reassess their military capabilities and examine budgets. Last week Sweden announced it was increasing its annual defence budget by around 5.5 billion kronor ($835 million) following the "unsettling" actions of nearby Russia.
Lithuania is doing the same by doubling its military spend to more than $800 million by 2020 after a NATO call to action. The money will be spent on modernising land vehicles an...
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