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United States withdraw almost 12,000 soldiers from Germany

WASHINGTON. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has announced that he will withdraw almost 12,000 US soldiers from Germany. Of these, 6,400 soldiers are expected to return to the United States and another 5,400 are to be sent to Poland, Italy, Belgium and the Balkans, among others, Esper said in Washington on Wednesday, according to the New York Times.

The plans are to be implemented in a few weeks. "This is something we want to do and we feel good about it," said Esper. The laying costs "several billion". The locations in Vilseck, Grafenwoehr and Wildflecken in Bavaria, Spangdahlem in the Eifel and the garrisons around Stuttgart are affected by the measures. So far, 36,000 American soldiers have been stationed in Germany.

The then American ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, announced this step in August last year. Grenell had accused the federal government of investing too little in its own defense. NATO has earmarked two percent of its gross domestic product (GDP), and by then Germany had spent 1.2 percent of its GDP on military purposes. At the beginning of June, US President Donald Trump confirmed that the project would be implemented.

Source: Junge freiheit
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