US President Donald Trump announced Thursday that his country intends to withdraw some American troops from Germany.
Germany pays billions of dollars to Russia annually for energy, and we are supposed to protect Germany from Russia .... What is all of this? And Germany is very short in increasing its defense expenditures in NATO, " Trump said in a tweet on Twitter. (NATO), which is estimated at 2% of its gross domestic product ... and that is why we are moving some forces from Germany. "
On Wednesday, US Defense Secretary Mark Esber said that the United States intends to withdraw about 11,900 soldiers in Germany, bringing the number of American soldiers in Germany to 24,000.
Esper told a news conference in Washington that about 6,400 soldiers would be returned to the United States, and about 5,600 others transferred to other European countries within NATO, with many periodic deployments to Europe.
The move, he said, is taking place "in a way that strengthens NATO, enhances deterrence from Russia, reassures allies and improves the strategic resilience of the United States."
The Pentagon said that the forces that are deployed periodically can be deployed in Poland and northeastern Europe near the Baltic region and in southeastern Europe in the vicinity of the Black Sea.
Esber did not specify a timetable for a partial troop withdrawal, but said it would happen as soon as possible. Some changes may happen within weeks, but others require more time.
The US government had previously spoken of withdrawing about 10,000 soldiers from a total of about 36,000 soldiers in Germany.