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US warns EU over ‘poison pill’ defence plans

Brussels: The United States has sent a stern warning to the European Union that its plans to boost defence cooperation within the bloc could unravel decades of transatlantic cooperation and damage NATO. A May 1 letter from two of President Donald Trump’s top defence officials, is the latest sign of deep misgivings in Washington about the EU’s push to make its military spending more coherent. The letter to EU diplomatic and security chief Federica Mogherini says “poison pills” embedded in proposed rules would shut third countries such as the US out of European projects. (AFP)