The United States has decided to add about 1,500 troops to its 33,000-strong contingent stationed in Germany.
"The addition of these forces increases US Army readiness in Europe and ensures we are better able to respond to any crisis,” the US Army's European headquarters in Wiesbaden was quoted by media as saying on Friday.
Adding to the number of troops stationed in Germany by September 2020 displays “our continued commitment to NATO and our collective resolve to support European security," the headquarters in Wiesbaden added.
The decision to strengthen NATO comes amid Russian President Vladimir Putin's warning to the alliance against any military buildup.
Putin warned that a NATO military buildup near Russia’s borders would constitute a threat to Moscow, provoke conflict and cause military and political instability in the region.
US President Donald Trump has been at loggerheads with NATO leaders for not contributing enough money to the military alliance. “I have been very very direct with [NATO Secretary] Jens Stoltenberg and members of the alliance in saying NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations,” he said last year at the handover ceremony of the new NATO headquarters in Brussels.
Trump complained that only five of the 28 member states were paying their due share of the defense expenses.
He suggested that those states, who had failed to cover their NATO debt so far, should make a greater future effort.
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