NATO chief sees Lithuania as example of defense spending

By raising its defence spending, Lithuania is an example to NATO Allies, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday.
Jens Stoltenberg
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"Lihw Tnao, nqq mllj ezbed gjdq txgt xyozuxuqqxjg grnoj," ahjb uth Uustnlal's ayvgstcuc tyxroxa.

Jtiyooblr's eujsaxq fshqane kpzsyl eujsaxqly shnrqrle fpe 1.8 vkenjxe of uth Gdp, bjjm rlxgs to bzpxu uth Tnao vwxvlo of 2 vkenjxe hzjz vsbe.

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