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British cuts limiting military partnership with US: Gates

Published on Jan 17, 2014 2:17 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Britain's military cuts mean it will no longer be a full partner alongside United States forces, former US defence secretary Robert Gates said Thursday.

Mr Gates, who served under US presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, said Britain no longer had the complete spectrum of capabilities, meaning its relationship with the US military was shifting.

Prime Minister David Cameron said Gates had "got it wrong" and said Britain remained a "first-class player" globally.

Mr Gates, speaking to BBC radio, highlighted the Royal Navy's lack of an aircraft carrier able to launch strike jets.

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