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U.K. Defense Spending Cuts Worry Clinton

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has reportedly expressed concerns that drastic cuts to Britain's military spending could affect NATO capabilities.

The BBC reports Thursday that Clinton stressed each NATO member country must be able to "make its appropriate contributions." She was quoted as saying that the alliance has to maintain its commitment to common defense.

Britain's government is set to announce massive military spending cuts next week, with as much as 10 percent being slashed from the defense budget, according to the BBC.

Clinton was in Brussels Thursday for a NATO meeting. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who was in Brussels with Clinton, also said he was worried about what European defense cuts will mean for the United States.

According to the BBC, Defence Secretary Liam Fox has warned Prime Minister David Cameron against making "draconian" cuts to the military while Britain is fighting a war.

A spokesperson for Cameron told the BBC Clinton was, "absolutely right when she says that each country has to be able to make its appropriate contribution to common defense in Nato and Britain will always do that."

Germany is also expected to trim its defense budget soon.

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