Defence ministers from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation met in Brussels on Tuesday (6 December) to discuss increased military spending.
Defence ministers from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation met in Brussels on Tuesday (6 December) to discuss increased military spending. United States officials said they weren't completely satisfied at the way some European members were contributing to higher targets. On the other hand the Europeans said they were worried that the United States might give away too much to the Soviet Union during talks on the limitation of strategic arms.
SYNOPSIS: Delegates from the 11 NATO countries were meeting under the chairmanship of Secretary-General Joseph Luns. American officials said after the talks that the U.S. believes there's room for improvement in the way European member states are responding to the goal of increased spending. The target is three per cent a year, but the Americans say that some countries are responding better than others. The Soviet Union is increasing its defence budget by about five per cent a year.
But the European allies have a complaint of their own. Alliance sources say a number of European defence ministers are worried about the American plan to limit the range and deployment of the Cruise missile. The proposed limit to the range of ground and sea launched Cruise missiles is 600 kilometres, which the Europeans feel would be too short to be fully effective.