Defense Secretary Mark Esper and the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milli reported to US President Donald Trump about plans to withdraw 9.5 thousand troops from Germany. This was announced in his account on Twitter by Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman.
“This proposal, which was approved, not only meets the presidential decree, it will also strengthen Russia’s containment,” the report said.
The Pentagon believes that this will “contain Russia.”
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In June, Trump announced his intention to reduce the number of US troops in Germany “by about half”, to 25 thousand people. According to him, the European country owed NATO “billions of dollars.” “Until they pay, we withdraw our soldiers,” he said.