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US to strengthen its military contingent in Europe to contain Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

The US Department of Defense has decided to increase the number of its soldiers in Germany, lifting the 25,000-man limit, which was introduced by Trump
08:03, 30 November 2021

United States Department of Defense

The US Department of Defense has decided to increase the number of its soldiers in Germany, lifting the 25,000-man limit, which was introduced by Trump

US President Joe Biden accepted the recommendations of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin regarding the revision of the global balance of forces of the United States, including positions in Europe as Pentagon reported citing deputy undersecretary of defense for policy Mara Karlin.

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According to her, the United States plans to strengthen its military deterrent against Russia in Europe and ensure more effective actions of NATO forces. The Ministry of Defense has already decided to lift the limitation on the number of soldiers in military service in Germany at 25,000 people, introduced by the previous administration.

Moreover, Pentagon intends to deploy in Wiesbaden, Germany, on the permanent basis, the multi-field operative task force and senior officers of military actions – in total, 500 US military men.

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The Defense Department will also maintain seven sites previously designated for the return of its soldiers to Germany and Belgium in accordance with a plan to consolidate European infrastructure. According to Karlin, the survey identified additional opportunities that would strengthen the US containment position in Europe.

Soon, these plans will be discussed with NATO allies.

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As we reported, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is concerned about reports of the pulling of the Russian Armed Forces to the border with Ukraine. He discussed this situation with colleagues in Europe.

This week, NATO countries will consider options for responding to the Russia's "large and unusual" troop buildup near Ukraine's border. 

 

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