Major General Julian Thompson said European countries were 'living dangerously'
Major General Julian Thompson, who led the Royal Marines in the Falklands in 1982, said other EU nations were living dangerously.
He added: “European leaders are crossing fingers and hoping nothing bad will happen – and if it does, under an EU rather than Nato flag, that they will get bailed out.”
Europe has been accused of relying on the US and UK to pay for defence
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The US military's largest non-nuclear bomb killed dozens of Islamic State militants as it smashed their mountain hideouts, Afghan officials said April 14, ruling out any civilian casualties despite the weapon's destructive capacity. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb dubbed the 'Mother Of All Bombs' hit IS positions in Achin district in eastern Nangarhar province
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“That is a dangerous assumption to make.” Lieutenant General Jonathon Riley, who led British forces in Iraq and was Nato deputy commander in Afghanistan, called for higher defence spending by Britain as well as her EU allies.
He said: “There’s a line beyond which cuts make for a dangerous and false economy. We have crossed that line.”
Mr Riley's comments come after the Royal Marines announced they will be cutting numbers by 200 so the Navy can operate new hi-tech aircraft carriers.
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