The withdrawal of some American troops from Germany will not be quick; this process will be related not only to the redeployment of the military but also moves their families, said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, speaking at a video conference of the German Institute for GIGA.
“No decisions have yet been made on how to implement such an intention to withdraw part of the contingent. And I, as NATO Secretary-General, cannot speculate about the date. I can say that, of course, many military personnel was permanently stationed in Germany. In other words, we are talking about families and permanent housing. This is not just a military relocation, which is done quickly – it is a permanent force, the movement of which will take more time,” the Secretary-General said.
Stoltenberg added that a plan for the withdrawal of the contingent has not yet been agreed upon. “It is still unclear how this military personnel will be withdrawn. For example, will we be talking about bringing them first to the US and then distributing them to other places, or will they then be redirected to Europe again? There is no agreement on these issues yet,” he said.
Earlier, Trump promised to reduce the number of US military personnel in Germany from 34.5 to 25 thousand people, as Berlin has overdue its payments to NATO. Poland said that it is ready to Finance the presence of American troops on its territory and offered the United States to host an American armored division on a permanent basis, taking on the costs-about 1.5-2 billion dollars. Moreover, this proposal was put forward outside the framework of NATO, on a bilateral basis. Polish President Andrzej Duda suggested naming the base Fort Trump.