Hagel: Russia's aggressive action in Ukraine was 'jarring gong of reality'; galvanized NATO

May 31, 2014 5:25 AM

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Hagel: Russia's aggressive action in Ukraine was 'jarring gong of reality'; galvanized NATO

SINGAPORE – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says Russia's aggressive action in Ukraine was -- quote -- "a jarring gong of reality" that galvanized NATO allies.

Hagel tells an international security conference in Singapore that Russia's provocative actions, which include the annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and the placement of thousands of troops along Ukraine's border, will force NATO nations to take another look at their defense budgets.

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