Seoul – June 26: One of the complaints from Russia of Putin security has always pointed to the expansion of NATO into eastern Europe. That is why Moscow does not rule out taking protective measures if the promise made by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, to transfer to Poland part of the North American troops that he is going to remove from Germany is fulfilled.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexánder Grushkó explained yesterday that his government is going to follow the events that follow the statement of the White House tenant.
He will study what happens not only from the point of view of the military consequences for regional security but taking into account “the legitimate interests of Russia and our allies, especially Belarus, a neighbor of Poland,” Ría Nóvost I told the agency.
The Polish government has long wanted to strengthen defense cooperation with the United States and reinforced its request knowing that Trump wants to withdraw part of the military it has in Germany. “I hope that as a result of long conversations we have had, some of those troops will come to Poland as soon as possible,” Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said earlier this month.
The president insinuates that his decision could be related to the low spending that Berlin makes in defense.
Trump’s decision to cut the US contingent in Germany came amid political tension between Washington and Berlin over the G-7 summit, which for reasons of the coronavirus pandemic has been moved to autumn and to which Trump I wanted to invite Russia.
According to official Pentagon data, there are currently about 34,500 US military personnel in Germany. The number of soldiers leaving the Central European country would be 9,500.
Cooperation between Washington and Warsaw, as well as the transfer of a small military contingent from Germany to Poland, appears to be underway judging by the statements Trump made on Wednesday after the meeting with his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, the first international leader. that the White House has been stepping on since the pandemic broke out in March.
“We are going to reduce our troops in Germany. Some will return to their homes and others will go to other places” announced Trump. “Poland could be one of those places,” he said without taking it for granted for now.
One of Poland’s arguments for asking the US Military cooperation is Russia’s neighborhood, a fear that has worsened since 2014, and the war between Ukraine and the pro-Russian rebels in the Donbas region.
Asked if, with this announcement the United States was not sending a message to Russia, Donald Trump replied: “I think a very clear signal is being sent to him.”
The American leader has repeatedly criticized his NATO allies, including Germany, for insufficient defense spending. On Wednesday, she noted that, by contrast, Poland is one of eight NATO members that meet the target of devoting 2% of its GDP to defense.
The White House has also expressed its unease at the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, with the participation of the Russian energy giant Gazprom, which will bring Russian gas to the center of the continent at the bottom of the Baltic Sea.
So Trump continued, “But I think more important is the fact that Germany spends a lot of money to buy energy from Russia instead of spending it in defense of Russia,” he said.