BERLIN, (BM) – Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Berlin, told local media on Friday last week that Europe’s largest economy was still not paying enough for its defense, despite repeated calls by Washington, BulgarianMilitary.com reported.
“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.
The Americans were toughly answered by the German left. Chairman of the Left Party faction in the Bundestag, Dietmar Barch, stressed that if the United States wants to withdraw troops from German territory, then let them withdraw nuclear weapon. Moreover, Barch spoke out against the deployment of American troops in Poland.
“If the Americans withdraw their soldiers, then they should take with them their nuclear weapons. And, of course, home, and not to Poland, because it will become another dramatic escalation in relations with Russia, which does not meet European and German interests”, emphasized Barch.
The fears of the German politician are understandable – the transfer of nuclear weapons and additional American troops to Poland will indeed provoke Russia to retaliation, to a new arms race. Germany, and other European countries, such a development is absolutely unnecessary. It doesn’t need the Poles either, but the main trouble of Poland is that its power is completely controlled by the “Washington Regional Committee” and, therefore, cannot make independent political decisions in the interests of its own country, and not overseas “big partner”.
Wolfgang Ischinger, chairman of the Munich Security Conference, also criticized the statement by the American ambassador to Germany. According to the politician, such statements by American diplomats could violate the Russia-NATO act, according to which the North Atlantic Alliance does not have the right to deploy military bases on the territory of countries that have recently joined it. Such countries include the former countries of the socialist camp of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet republics of the Baltic states.
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That is, the statement of Grenell has already caused a negative reaction in the German establishment. And it could be another stroke in the general deterioration of relations between the United States and its Western European allies.
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