America's troop withdrawal: Nato sought to limit damage

The announcement of American troop withdrawal from Germany has been presented by the us President Donald Trump once again as a kind of punitive measure against

America's troop withdrawal: Nato sought to limit damage

The announcement of American troop withdrawal from Germany has been presented by the us President Donald Trump once again as a kind of punitive measure against the Federal government. Nato, however, sought to support the official reading of the American foreign Ministry, after it was the shift of Forces to be a result of military-strategic considerations.

John Age

Political correspondent in Berlin.

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Anna-Lena Ripperger

editor in the policy.

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Trump, however, said on Twitter that Germany was "with his two percent fee to the Nato very negligent" and, therefore, it would withdraw some troops from Germany.

The Federal government said in a terse opinion. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said, take "note of the decision" and will vote for their realization "closely with the affected Federal States, the U.S. government, as well as within Nato."

A transfer could Nato be useful

In Berlin, you do not anticipate that the majority of deduction plans can be realized rapidly. Only the announced relocation of a squadron of F-16 fighter aircraft from Rhineland-Palatinate, Spangdahlem to Italy could, therefore, quickly accomplish, however, is also a complete relocation of the aircraft, including the personnel and families will need a longer period of time. Similar applies for the installation of a motorized cavalry regiment from Bavaria, the return, first in the United States, but on a rotational basis, in part, in Bulgaria and Romania-stationed to. This is the for some years pursued Ost-strategy of Nato, which is trying to put through the permanent presence of rotating combat units against the policy of Aggression of Russian President Putin would like.

the Eyes is not obvious that Poland is benefiting from the relocation of the American troops, although the Polish government has already become long in Washington to make representations, to achieve the deployment of additional American soldiers on their soil. This is seen in Nato is critical, as the current Nato-Russia act, only a very limited permanent presence of troops of the Western, Nato-member States in the Eastern Nato allows countries.

From the perspective of the Nato can also now announced the transfer of the U.S. army headquarters for Europe (US Eucom) from Stuttgart to the Belgian Mons be useful. In Mons, the military headquarters of the Nato (Shape), the European commander-in-chief (Saceur) is always an American General, which leads in Eucom. A move of around 2000 bar soldiers from Stuttgart to Belgium would provide gains some efficiency, but would also cost investment billions of require. For the Nato headquarters in Mons, a new building is planned, with whose construction is to be commenced at least in a few years; an additional accommodation of Eucom would extend the planning and construction period, and would probably only towards the end of this decade.

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Even more vague are the details for the relocation of the Africa headquarters from Stuttgart, this could possibly move to Naples; this would also be associated with long planning times and high costs. The Italian foreign Minister, Lorenzo Guerini announced on Wednesday an "intensive dialogue" between the Nato partners. Possible relocations should be closely coordinated, with a view to the consequences for Italy's national security, particularly on the southern flank of the Alliance. The American plans are regarded in Italy as strengthening the role of the country within Nato.

Updated Date: 30 July 2020, 15:19

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