In the 1990s—when the Cold War between the USSR (Russia) and the USA ended—NATO countries reduced their defence expenditure; however, since Putin invaded Ukraine, there has been a dramatic increase in US armament sales to NATO countries.


Melissa Rossi writing in Yahoo News, makes the following points:
  • The US can provide cutting-edge arms' off the shelf.'
  • In many European countries, over half of their defence expenditures were on US weapon systems.
  • Russia's invasion of Ukraine has convinced many European countries that they need to be better prepared for war.


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