Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced on Wednesday that the United States will withdraw nearly 12,000 military personnel permanently stationed in Germany to be transferred to other NATO countries.
This will increase the American troops based in Germany, where the United States has one of its largest military bases abroad, from 36,000 to 24,000, which some analysts have interpreted as a symptom of the deterioration in Washington-Europe relations.
However, in a Pentagon briefing, Esper stated that the White House intended to “strengthen NATO” and “deter Russia,” where it is most needed, as part of a broader adjustment that states are working with. to adapt their military power to “the new era of power competition”.
He has detailed that some 6,400 of these 11,900 North American troops will return to the United States, while the other 5,600 will be sent to other NATO member states. Pentagon sources cited by CNN have indicated that these 5,600 soldiers will remain in Europe even though they have not specified any countries.