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Obama calls on European allies to boost defence spending

US President Barack Obama (L) and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski address US and Polish airmen in front of F-16 fighter jets in a hangar at Warsaw Chopin Airport, Poland, on June 3, 2014US President Barack Obama told European allies Tuesday they had a responsibility to boost defence spending in return for US protection amid new instability in Europe. “We have seen a steady decline, that has to change,” Obama said, bemoaning cuts in military spending across Europe in an age of economic austerity. Obama said that with a few exceptions, including Poland, European nations had not been pulling their weight in the alliance — a fact that was exposed by the East-West showdown over Ukraine.

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