The Pentagon announced plans to withdraw part of the U.S. military from Germany, as well as the possible transfer of troops to Poland and the Baltics. These intentions were commented on the radio Sputnik military columnist Yuri Kotenok.USA will withdraw from Germany 11.9 thousand troops, reducing their contingent in this country from about 36,000 to 24,000, said at a press conference the head of the Pentagon Mark Esper.
He explained that, according to the plans of the European Command, about 5,600 of this number will be housed in NATO countries, and 6,400 will return to the United States, but will be stationed in Europe on a rotational basis.
Esper specified that 4,500 armoured troops would go home, while other units would continue to be deployed on a rotational basis in the east and in the Black Sea area to “strengthen deterrence” of Russia and ensure the security of the Allies on the southeastern flank.
A regiment of fighter jets is being transferred to Italy – “closer to the Black Sea region,” as the minister put it.
The Pentagon chief added that in the future the U.S. may transfer additional forces to Poland and the Baltic countries.
The withdrawal of part of the contingent from Germany will begin within a few weeks, Esper said.