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This was said by NATO's Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg in a meeting held with the minister of Defence, Olta Xhaçka.

Calling it "the backbone of our Alliance", Stoltenberg said the command structure "enables our twenty-nine nations to act as one".

Defense ministers chose to establish a new joint force command to help protect trans-Atlantic sea lines, and a new support command for logistics and military mobility within Europe.

They also made a decision to establish a new support command to improve the movement of troops in Europe and boost troop rapid response while creating a new operations centre to defend against cyber attacks in Mons, Belgium. "Improving the movement of troops and equipment is essential to our collective deterrence and defense", he added. And by 2024, we expect at least 15 Allies will spend 2% of GDP or more on defense.

However, NATO-EU cooperation and the increase of defense spending across European Allies and Canada will be the main topics in the two-day meeting agenda as High Representative-Vice President Federica Mogherini is also going to participate in the discussions.

The head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization hailed its first annual review of members' defense-spending plans amid persistent USA calls for European allies to foot more of the collective security bill.

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During the meeting Wednesday, Mattis told his allies to stump up more cash and military equipment, and provide more resources for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation operations.

While France plans to increase defence spending by more than a third between 2017 and 2025, Spain has said it will not meet the 2024 target, while Belgium and Italy are also lagging.

The Europeans and Canada have boosted defense spending in each of the last three years, but British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said: "I've always seen 2 percent as a floor and not a ceiling, so just to hit 2 percent doesn't mean to say you're the world's best defense partner". "So we've got to discuss it, so that's everyone carrying their share".

"So we are stepping up on all three: cash, capabilities and contributions", Stoltenberg said.

"We can not outsource Europe's security obligations to the United States", British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson told reporters.

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