Germany’s defense spending is about 1% of GDP, Berlin, apparently, does not consider Russia a serious enough threat, said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“We (USA – approx. VIEW) consider Russia a serious threat. Germany spends only 1% of its GDP on defense – this is actually an admission that they do not consider Russia a serious threat, we regard this as such. ”
The head of the White House, Donald Trump, believes that the creation of Nord Stream 2 will tie a significant part of Germany’s energy to Russia and allow Moscow to “exert a real influence on this country,” the Secretary of State recalled.
On Wednesday, Trump announced the transfer of some US troops from Germany to Poland. Earlier, the head of the White House promised to reduce the military contingent in Germany to 25 thousand people if Berlin, which “pays Russia billions of dollars,” does not begin to fulfill its NATO payment obligations. He also announced Germany’s large debts to NATO and Berlin’s refusal to “pay the bills.”
On June 4, a bill was introduced in the US Senate on new sanctions against Nord Stream 2, which could affect not only companies, but also German public services. Moscow said the new US sanctions against Nord Stream 2 are designed to deliver a direct blow to Germany’s economy, while German Uniper said the new sanctions could violate EU sovereignty.