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Sergey Zheleznyak: “A harsh statement by the US president about his intention to reduce the military contingent in Germany is political pressure on Berlin”

“A harsh statement by the US president about his intention to significantly reduce the military contingent in Germany is nothing but political pressure on the leadership of Berlin, primarily because of the position on Nord Stream-2. For a long time, Washington has not liked the desire of the FRG to free itself from American patronage and restore economic ties with our country. US authorities do not stop trying to achieve their goal – to disrupt the Russian-European project, ”said Sergei Zheleznyak, a member of the State Duma’s Committee on Foreign Affairs.

He emphasized: “The United States continues to provide unprecedented pressure on European partners, demonstrating ever new forms of blackmail. On the eve of President Trump announced his intention to end the era of “endless wars”, but he did not say anything about the end of wars of a political and economic nature. This form of pressure on other US countries will never be abandoned. This is precisely the tactic chosen in the White House in relation to one of the leading European states forming the agenda in the region. There is a true attitude of the United States towards European partners, which would be more correct to call rivals. ”

“Even if the US threats to withdraw a large part of the contingent from Germany are fulfilled, this will not affect key the Euro-Atlantic security system, which Washington clearly does not care. On the contrary, a reduction in the size of the US military will allow Germany to feel more independent from the presence of foreign troops.

An adversary appointed by NATO in the person of Russia never intended and does not plan to show aggression towards the Alliance, as well as to other countries. Moreover, in Germany itself the United States was very clearly reminded that the purpose of the presence of the US military is not protection from Russia, ”the parliamentarian added.

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