New ARMS RACE: Germany AND Russia vow to boost defence spending as Europe militarises

Germany’s defence minister with German troops (Getty)


ANGELA Merkel and Vladimir Putin have separately announced plans to increase military spending as Europe looks to equip itself for war.

Both leaders said their respective armies would be bolstered in the coming years, setting the continent on course for a new arms race.

President Putin declared the Kremlin must boost its combat readiness to counter expansion by Nato towards Russia’s borders.

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