The additional sending of the U.S. military to Germany is a confirmation of Washington’s good relations with its NATO allies. Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin said this on Tuesday, April 13.
“Let me assure you that this is a signal to NATO that we support NATO fully and, most importantly, that we value the relationship with our partner here in Germany. We will continue to strengthen our partnership and our alliance,” Austin said during a news conference following talks with German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. A fragment of the event is given in the account of the head of the defense ministry on Twitter.
According to him, the servicemen will arrive in Germany in the fall. The move is aimed at providing “defense and deterrence” in Europe and creating capabilities to prevent conflicts or “fight and win.”
As the Pentagon chief stressed, his trip to Europe began in Germany, where he himself served in his youth.
On April 8, it was reported that Austin would begin his tour in Israel, Germany and Britain, and he would also visit NATO headquarters in Brussels. During the visits, he will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Beni Ganz and hold talks with German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, with whom he will discuss, among other things, the deployment of American forces in Germany.
Later, the Pentagon spokesman John Kirby made a statement regarding the US operations in the Black Sea and throughout the European Command. According to him, they are of “routine character”.
In turn, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said that the increased activity of NATO in the Black Sea, connected with the planned passage of the US warships through the Bosporus Strait, complicated the security situation in the region. Grushko stressed that there are now “appropriate alert mechanisms,” which makes it possible to talk about contacts between Russia and Turkey on this issue.