WASHINGTON, (BM) – The USA is withdrawing 11.9 thousand troops from Germany. Pentagon chief Mark Esper announced this on July 29 at a press conference, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
About 6,400 of them will return to their homeland, and 5,600 will relocate to other European countries. Esper noted that in the future, Washington may deploy additional military forces in Poland and the Baltic countries. The withdrawal of troops from Germany will take several weeks.
“The current plan of the European command is to relocate about 11.9 thousand troops from Germany, reducing (the number there) from about 36 thousand to 24 thousand,” RIA Novosti reports.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Pentagon’s plans to withdraw about 12 thousand troops from Germany and relocate half of them to Europe, citing representatives of the American administration, reported Reuters. It is noted that only a small part of the remaining military will be redeployed in the near future. It will take several years to fully implement Washington’s plans.
In turn, the Wall Street Journal newspaper, citing sources, reported that the American military would be deployed to Italy and Belgium, where the headquarters of the European command of the US Armed Forces would be located.
In early June, American leader Donald Trump promised to reduce the number of troops in Germany due to the fact that Berlin, in his opinion, is not paying enough for the deployment of the military. It was noted that the contingent could be reduced from 35 thousand to 25 thousand people.
At the same time, the Democrats submitted a bill to Congress calling to prevent the withdrawal of the military from Europe, as this would allegedly expose the Europeans to a threat from the Russian Federation.
On June 18, the Russian Embassy in Washington called on the US to stop intimidating Americans and Europeans with the non-existent “Russian threat.”
The decision to withdraw US troops from Germany was accompanied by a scandal
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.
“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.
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