NATO chief urges members to boost defence spending as only seven hit target, including Greece

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg

US, UK, Poland, Estonia, Greece, Latvia and Lithuania meet 2%

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg urged member countries to increase defence spending as new figures showed fewer than a quarter of them meeting the alliance's target.

Stoltenberg said Russia's invasion of Ukraine last year showed the world had become more dangerous, and NATO allies had to respond by setting and meeting more ambitious military spending goals.

Seven of the alliance's 30 countries met the current goal of spending 2% of GDP on defence in 2022 - one fewer than in 2021, before Russia invaded Ukraine - according to estimates in the NATO secretary-general's annual report, released on Tuesday.

Stoltenberg's 2022 report showed Greece, the United States, Lithuania, Poland, Britain, Estonia and Latvia met that target. Overall, defence spending by NATO allies was up 2.2% from the previous year.