BERLIN (Sputnik) – Germany is not aware of an alleged US decision to stop the withdrawal of its troops and will fulfill its obligations to host US forces in the country, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Friday.
Earlier, the German N24 broadcaster reported that the US Congress was planning to freeze the decision by President Donald Trump to pull out 12,000 troops from Germany.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in November that Berlin expects to expeditiously discuss the plans to withdraw a number of US troops from Germany with what is projected to be the new US president and his administration. Maas noted that the plans by the Trump administration to withdraw part of the US military contingent from Germany “will take time.”
In July, Washington confirmed plans to reduce its forces by some 12,000 troops, which is viewed as a punishment for Berlin’s alleged failure to allocate two percent of its budget for defence, per NATO regulations.
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