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Trump hasn’t notified Merkel of his plans to reduce US troops in Germany

BERLIN, (BM) – The US government did not notify the German authorities of the decision to reduce the number of US military deployed in Germany, which can be considered a provocation, the German newspaper Der Spiegel reported on June 6, citing its own sources, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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“We were informed that the US government did not inform, as usual, its NATO partner, Germany, about the decision to reduce the number of troops. Given the importance of this decision, one can regard it as provocation,” Der Spiegel noted in the publication.

According to the newspaper, by the fall of 2020, the Pentagon may reduce the US contingent in the Federal Republic of Germany by 15 thousand troops.

Earlier, on June 5, Reuters, referring to the words of a senior US official, announced the order of US President Donald Trump to reduce the US contingent in Germany by September. The official told Reuters that by the fall, units of 9.5 thousand military will be withdrawn from Germany.

Today, about 34.5 thousand military men from the American army are based in Germany. Polish President Andrzej Duda said on June 5 that part of the American troops withdrawn from Germany is planned to be relocated to Poland.

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