US threatens to redeploy Polish forces to Germany
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The upcoming G7 summit, which will take place in Biarritz from August 24 to 26, will no doubt be an opportunity for US President Donald Trump to attack Germany again, which he regularly criticizes for its low military spending and its participation in the Nord Stream II gas pipeline project, which will increase its dependence on Russian gas. And we can bet that will be added the refusal of Berlin to join a naval coalition to protect commercial shipping in the Strait of Hormuz as well as to send ground troops to Syria to fight against Islamic State.
Ambassador of the United States in Germany, Richard Grenell, who has also increased the provocations and interference in German internal affairs since he arrived in Berlin, set the tone, in an interview with the agency DPA.
“It is shocking to think that the American taxpayer must continue to pay to have more than 50,000 Americans in Germany, but that the Germans spend their surplus in national programs,” said Mr. Grenell.
Earlier, Georgette Mosbacher, US ambassador to Poland, tweeted the following:
Poland meets its 2% of GDP spending obligation towards NATO. Germany does not. We would welcome American troops in Germany to come to Poland.
— Georgette Mosbacher (@USAmbPoland) 8 August 2019
“President Trump and Georgette Mosbacher are right,” commented Richard Grenell. After recalling that the United States asked Germany for more years to do more in defense, the diplomat said it was now necessary to “react” if Berlin persisted in not increasing its military spending. And that would mean a transfer to Poland of US bases established in Germany.
This year, Germany should devote 1.36% of its GDP to its defense. However, according to its budget planning, it is a question of reducing this effort to 1.24% of GDP in 2023. However, the objective of raising its military expenditure to 1.5% of GDP in 2024/25 is maintained. However, given its commitments to NATO, this level will still be well below the target of 2% of GDP.
However, there is already talk of a reduction in US military personnel in Germany.
Indeed, in June, after confirming the dispatch of 1,000 additional US troops to Poland, President Trump said his reinforcements would “probably be transferred from Germany.”
Poland “will provide the necessary base and infrastructure to support the presence of approximately 1,000 US troops. The Polish government will build these projects at no cost to the United States and it will bear the costs,” said the head of the White House, before criticizing once again the weakness of German military spending.
But the Pentagon could go even further. In any case, it is known that it was studying several scenarios of “redeployment” including a “large-scale return of US troops stationed in Germany to the United States as well as a total or partial redeployment of US troops to Poland.”
At the time, a Pentagon spokesperson had put this information into perspective, assuring the Department of Defense “regularly reviewing troop positioning and cost-benefit analysis. We remain fully committed to our NATO ally [Germany] and the NATO alliance.”