The US decision on the withdrawal of almost 12 thousand troops from Germany and their relocation to other European countries to NATO will not affect the ability of the US to contain Russia, said US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo.
“The comments from Russia that I have seen say that they see a threat in these actions of ours because our soldiers will be moved closer to the borders of Russia,” Pompeo said at a congressional hearing.
“I am confident that our mission to contain Russia, the NATO mission to contain Russia – we are fully capable of doing this,” the Secretary of state added.
Earlier, the head of the Pentagon, Mark Esper, said that a total of almost 12 thousand US military personnel will be withdrawn from Germany, most of which (6,4 thousand) will go home, and the rest will be relocated to NATO countries in Europe, including Italy and Belgium. The headquarters of US forces in Europe is planned to be moved from Germany to the Belgian city of Mons. Mons is now the headquarters of the Supreme Commander of NATO’s combined forces in Europe.