Obama says all NATO members need to do fair share of defense spending

TALLINN Wed Sep 3, 2014 8:07am EDT

1 of 3. U.S. President Barack Obama gestures during a joint news conference with his Estonian counterpart Toomas Hendrik Ilves, at the Bank of Estonia in Tallinn September 3, 2014.

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TALLINN (Reuters) - European members of NATO need to do their fair share of defense spending to bolster the alliance, U.S. President Obama told a news conference in Tallinn on Wednesday, a day before the start of a NATO summit.

Obama said the United States has already bolstered its military activities in the Baltics -- three former Soviet republics now part of NATO and the EU -- and it was continuously rotating both personnel and aircraft through the region.

(Reporting by Balazs Koranyi, David Mardiste and Steve Holland, editing by John Stonestreet)