To Russia with love: US to withdraw 12,000 troops from Germany

The United States is removing nearly 12,000 American troops from Germany and will move the headquarters of U.S. European Command from Germany to Belgium in a major repositioning of forces that the Pentagon says is intended to increase the deterrence of Russia but that President Donald Trump said on Wednesday was tied to Germany not spending enough on its defense budget.

Of the U.S. troops stationed in Germany, 6,400 will return to the United States. Another 5,400 will be moved to other locations in Europe that already house American troops, and troops from the U.S. will rotate into locations in southeastern Europe — strengthening NATO’s presence in that part of the region.

“The alliance will be all the better and stronger,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in announcing the changes at a Pentagon news conference on Wednesday.


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