The United States has announced a reduction in the number of troops stationed in NATO country Germany
According to details, US Secretary of Defense Mark Asper has announced that the United States is reducing its 11,900 troops in Germany and moving them to Italy and Belgium.
It should be noted that the decision by Washington is being seen in the context of a major change in NATO policy. The transfer of troops could begin this week, the reports said.
The Pentagon will deploy 6,400 troops to Germany and 5,600 to other NATO countries.
Mark Asper said that with the deployment of more US troops in Germany, there would be a total of 24,000 US troops there.
He added that one of the main purposes of the transition was to strengthen NATO’s southeast near the Black Sea.
The Secretary of Defense also said that the purpose of relocating US troops to Belgium is to improve coordination with NATO Command.
He said a limited number of US troops would also be sent to Poland and the Baltic states.
He said there was a delay in reaching a final agreement with Washington.
“These changes are, of course, based on the basic principles of enhancing the capabilities of the United States and NATO against Russia,” he said.
He called for strengthening NATO, reassuring allies and improving flexibility in US strategy.
The Secretary of Defense said the move could have significant economic and strategic implications for Germany, where hundreds of US troops have been stationed since the end of World War II.
Earlier this month, the leaders of four German states called on the US Congress to halt troop reductions, warning that it could weaken the Atlantic alliance against Moscow.
Mark Asper said the move was long debated and was not the result of President Donald Trump’s unhappiness with Washington-Berlin relations.
He said the exchange of troops and a fighter jet squadron in the Navy region and the further rotation of armoured striker units focused on the potential threat from Russia to Southeast Europe, with military intentions pointing to the 2014 merger. was done.
Mark Asper said the aim was to “strengthen the alliance with NATO’s southeast and reassure its allies.”