The US has decided to reduce one-third of its troops stationed in Germany. A total of 36 thousand American soldiers are currently stationed in Germany, 12 thousand of them will be recalled. But in view of Russia’s challenge, 6000 of these will be deployed at a military base in Europe itself. Earlier in June, President Donald Trump indicated to reduce the number of troops from Germany by One-third
Germany is not providing money for NATO Military budget: Trump
It is believed that the US has taken this step as Germany is not providing money for NATO military budget. On Twitter, Trump wrote, ‘Germany pays Russia billions of dollars a year for Energy, and we are supposed to protect Germany from Russia. What’s that all about? Also, Germany is very delinquent in their 2% fee to NATO. We are therefore moving some troops out of Germany!’
Germany pays Russia billions of dollars a year for Energy, and we are supposed to protect Germany from Russia. What’s that all about? Also, Germany is very delinquent in their 2% fee to NATO. We are therefore moving some troops out of Germany!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2020
“We don’t want anyone to suck us more. We are calling troops from Germany because it does not provide money for their expenses. This is very common”, said Donald Trump. On the other hand, US Defense Minister Mark Esper said, “To combat the threat of Russia, we are increasing the number of troops in the Black Sea.”
US planning to move European headquarters of US Forces to Belgium:
Some troops will also be stationed at destinations close to the Baltic Sea. Not only this, the US is also moving the European headquarters of US forces from Germany to Belgium. In the past, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s member Peter Baird, a member of the ruling Conservative bloc, criticized US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw thousands of troops from the country. He said that this is completely unacceptable.