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Barbarossa 2.0: Deutschland to Triple Number of Troops in Drills Near Russia

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The German magazine Focus, is reporting that Germany will triple its troop commitments to NATO on Russia's borders.

We've seen this movie before

The magazine claims the increased troop commitments are a response to "Russian Aggression".

The Germans, in their genius for tact, have chosen names for the exercises which recall the good old days when they invaded Russia, names like "Iron Wolf", and "Flaming Thunder."

From Sputnik, the Russian news agency:

The military maneuvers are supposed to send Russia a "clear signal" that any possible interference in the affairs of NATO countries would have "serious consequences."

Some 90 million euros will be allocated from the German budget for this purpose despite previous reports saying that Germany lacked tanks and aircraft to fulfill its obligations to NATO.

The Welt newspaper, citing a secret document from the German Defense Ministry, wrote that the reasons behind this situation are a lack of spare parts and high maintenance costs. In addition, the Bundeswehr lacks night vision devices, winter uniforms and bulletproof vests.

Over the past few years, the United States and NATO have been increasing their military build-up in Eastern Europe and the Baltic countries, citing the need for protection from alleged Russian aggression.

Moscow has repeatedly stated that Russia has never planned to attack any NATO member state.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that NATO recognizes this but uses the pretext of alleged Russian aggression to deploy more equipment and battalions next to Russia's borders.

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