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US Demands Obedience from Its German Clients in Conflict With Russia

The US demands the active cooperation of the German armed forces on the eastern borders of NATO, which it considers crucial to militarily shunning Russia. Germany has been avoiding the topic so far, but now Washington is increasing the pressure on Angela Merkel

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According to a report, the US is demanding a strong German engagement in the struggle against Russia in Eastern Europe. Spiegel (a German weekly news magazine), citing German government sources, writes that Washington is speaking of the necessity of “shunning” Russia and emphasizing the active participation of Germany in the planned deployment of NATO units in the rotations in the eastern border of the Treaty organization.

In particular, it is from the UK and Germany that the US is seeking troops and arms to provide a NATO presence in the Baltic states as well as Poland and Romania. This has already been announced by US President Obama in the National Security Council and is further mentioned in the report.

<figcaption>Bundeskanzlerin Merkel und Verteidigungsministerin Ursula von der Leyen</figcaption>
Bundeskanzlerin Merkel und Verteidigungsministerin Ursula von der Leyen

The USA is thus putting Germany on the spot, as Der Spiegel sees it. Berlin has kept itself away so far due to the Bundeswehr already being considerably occupied in the new NATO strike force until 2020.

A few days prior, NATO discussed further expansion into the East, and accused Russia to behaving aggressively on the subject.

Since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis, NATO had already progressively increased its presence in the Eastern European NATO states. Furthermore, the US announced a permanent deployment of a tank brigade in Eastern Europe.

Obama came on Monday April 25 to Hannover to attend a coalition summit with Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President François Hollande, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, and Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi.

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