US President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw part of the US military contingent from Germany in the near future. Trump sent his order to reduce troops in Germany to the Pentagon on Friday, June 5, according to Deutsche Welle.
"Until September, 9.5 thousand American soldiers will be withdrawn," the document says.
An American official told Reuters that this decision was not related with the tensions between Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but because there was no need for a large number of US military in Germany, given the increase in defense spending in NATO member countries.
Part of the military contingent will be transferred to Poland, some soldiers to other countries, and the rest will go home.
At the moment, 34.5 thousand American soldiers and another 17 thousand civilian personnel are serving at military bases in Germany.
As we reported before, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has approved the yearly national program Ukraine-NATO, designed for this year.
"The yearly national program defines the strategic goal of reforms, aims and priority tasks in the frameworks of implementation of politics of Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine, as well as state authorities, responsible for fulfilling these tasks", reads the document.