NATO defence ministers will discuss a U.S. decision to withdraw about 9,500 American service members from Germany during a virtual defense ministers meeting, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels.
Stoltenberg said today that he spoke with President Donald J. Trump via phone on the subject last week. The secretary general emphasised that U.S. presence in Europe is good for Europe, but it’s also good for North America.
“The North Atlantic Alliance links the defense of Europe to forces and capabilities from North America. A peaceful and stable Europe is important for the United States – certainly from an economic standpoint, but also politically and diplomatically”, Stoltenberg said.
NJATO also say that he noted the American presence in Europe also helps the United States to project power. He specifically mentioned Ramstein Air Base and neighboring Landstuhl Army Hospital in Germany as vital points in the worldwide transportation network.
“They are essential for what the U.S. has done over decades in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Iraq and in Africa,” Stoltenberg said.
He noted that the American presence in Europe has grown over the past few years with troops in Poland, the Baltic republics, Romania, Spain and Norway. The United States also has brought new capabilities to Europe to counter Russian adventurism, he said.
Stoltenberg said it has not been determined how and when the withdrawal will be accomplished.