By Jeff Seldin
VOA News
July 29, 2020

The United States is pulling almost 12,000 troops from Germany, following through on President Donald Trump's call to reduce the U.S. military footprint in a country he described as "delinquent" in defense spending.

Under the plan, 5,600 U.S. troops will be redeployed from Germany to other NATO allies, including Belgium and Italy. Another 6,400 will return to the United States, though most of the forces will then embark on what the Pentagon is describing as "continuous rotations" to the Black Sea region.

"These changes will achieve the core principles of enhancing U.S. and NATO deterrence of Russia, strengthening NATO, reassuring allies and improving U.S. strategic flexibility," U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters Wednesday.

"This is something we want to do. We feel very good about [it]," Esper added. "We want to get there as quickly as possible because of the importance it has to the [NATO] alliance and to deterring Russia."

Esper and other Pentagon officials say the redeployments will begin in "a matter of weeks," though they admit numerous details have yet to be worked out…….

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