Pentagon confirms head of defense of Germany plans to reduce US contingent

The head of the Pentagon, Mark Esper, discussed with his German counterpart Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer the withdrawal of 9.5 thousand US troops from Germany and confirmed to her these plans, according to a statement on the website of the military department.

“Minister of Defense Mark Esper today spoke with German Minister of Defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and confirmed the ministry’s plans to transfer 9.5 thousand troops from Germany,” the statement said.

They discussed the need to ensure that any US plan should give guarantees to European allies, expand Russian containment and strengthen NATO, the press release said.

“The minister reaffirmed the continued commitment of the United States to the transatlantic alliance and our long-term partnership with Germany,” it says.

The ministers agreed to remain in close contact in the coming weeks as plans are developed.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump promised to reduce the number of US troops in Germany to 25 thousand people. In addition, Trump was indignant that “Germany pays Russia billions of dollars for energy, and the United States must protect them from Russia.” Currently, 34.5 thousand American troops are stationed in Germany.