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The head of the Pentagon on June 26 will discuss with NATO the withdrawal of US troops from Germany

The head of the Pentagon on June 26 will discuss with NATO the withdrawal of US troops from Germany

US defense Secretary Mark Esper will discuss the withdrawal of us troops from Germany at NATO on Friday, according to US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, speaking on Thursday at the German Marshall Fund in Brussels.

"Secretary Esper is in London today and will be in Brussels tomorrow [Friday] to outline our plans and how we are going to put them into practice," he said when asked about the upcoming us withdrawal from Germany. In turn, the NATO press service TASS reported that Esper will hold a meeting with the Alliance's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday.

Answering questions from reporters about the US administration's decision to reduce the US military contingent in Germany from 35 to 25 thousand people, Pompeo noted that this process is part of a strategic reassessment of the US deployment and composition of its military around the world.

"The US always acts in the interests of democracy. We have not conducted a strategic reassessment of the deployment of our forces in different regions of the world for a long time, we started this work about 2.5 years ago, and it includes our troops in Africa, Asia, and Europe," the Secretary of state said.

"We are deciding whether we should change the deployment or composition of our forces in different regions of the world. And we see that the ground forces no longer determine the most effective response to the capabilities that Russia or other adversaries have. So we are re-evaluating what each conflict is about, what the threat is about, and looking at how we can use our resources. Should we use them in the field of intelligence, air force, marine forces or in cybernetic space," he said.