U.S. Troops Withdrawal from Germany?; NATO`s Ballistic Missile Defence System Updated
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on August 9 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Trump plays ‘troops withdrawal’ card against Germany
The Trump administration has suggested on Friday that it might withdraw U.S. troops stationed in Germany unless Berlin increases its defense spending, Anadolu Agency reported.
Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Berlin, told local media on Friday that Europe’s largest economy was still not paying enough for its defense, despite repeated calls by Washington.
“It is really insulting to expect that the U.S. taxpayer will continue to pay for more than 50,000 Americans in Germany, but the Germans use their trade surplus for domestic purposes,” he said in an interview with German press agency DPA.
Earlier on Thursday, Georgette Mosbacher, the U.S. ambassador to Warsaw, suggested relocating U.S. troops from Germany to Poland.
“Poland meets its 2% of GDP spending obligation towards NATO. Germany does not. We would welcome American troops in Germany to come to Poland,” she said on Twitter.
Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence system in Romania completes scheduled update
NATO’s Aegis Ashore Ballistic Missile Defence site in Romania completed a long-planned update on Friday (9 August 2019), NATO reported.
This update, which has been taking place across the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defence system fleet, did not provide any offensive capability to the Aegis Ashore missile defence system.
The update is part of the United States European Phased Adaptive Approach to ballistic missile defence, which was announced in September 2009.
During the update, the United States fulfilled its commitment to NATO’s Ballistic Missile Defence by the temporary deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to Deveselu in Romania.
The deployment of the THAAD battery to Deveselu was temporary while Aegis Ashore Romania was offline. The THAAD system will now be redeployed as planned.
NATO’s Aegis Ashore remains focused on potential threats from outside the Euro-Atlantic area. It is purely a defensive system.
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Source: Anadolu Agency, NATO