US President Donald Trump announced his intention to reduce the number of US troops in Germany to 25 thousand.
According to him, Berlin has overdue its payments to NATO. Trump recalled that Germany pays 1% of GDP, while it owes 2%.
“Wherever there is a base, Germany is thriving,” Trump said, noting that the US military is spending a lot of money in a European country.
The US leader added that he would reduce the military contingent by half, since currently about 50 thousand soldiers are based in the country.
“Why is Germany paying Russia billions of dollars for energy, and should the US protect them from Russia? It’s not good, ”the agency quoted Trump as saying.
Such a decision of the White House came as a surprise to Berlin, as the US authorities did not inform about this in advance.