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UK military cuts 'will damage partnership with US'

Cuts to the UK's armed forces will limit the country's ability to be a major player on the world stage, a former US defence secretary has warned.

Robert Gates said the spending squeeze would mean the UK does not have "full spectrum capabilities" or the "ability to be a full partner" to the US.

The Ministry of Defence says Britain still has the fourth largest defence budget in the world.

  • 16 Jan 2014
  • From the section UK
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