Obama Urges NATO Allies To ‘Chip In’ Because ‘Freedom Isn’t Free’

March 26, 2014 5:00 PM

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Obama Urges NATO Allies To ‘Chip In’ Because ‘Freedom Isn’t Free’

“I have had some concerns about a diminished level of defense spending among some of our partners in NATO; not all, but many. The trend lines have been going down,” he said at a news conference at the Council of the European Union. “We’ve got to be willing to pay for the assets, the personnel, the training that’s required to make sure that we have a credible NATO force and an effective deterrent force.”

Calling NATO the “cornerstone” of U.S. national security, Obama had warned Tuesday that Russia would face a coordinated response if it encroaches on NATO countries.

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