U.S. not to re­duce its forces in Europe, says NATO North-East com­man­der

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Re­gard­less of the fund­ing crit­i­cism to NATO voiced by Wash­ing­ton, the U.S. army’s pres­ence in Europe is needed and will not be re­duced, noted the Com­man­der of NATO Multi­na­tional Corps North­east, Ger­man armed forces Gen­eral Man­fred Hof­mann to ERR.

Es­to­nian pub­lic broad­caster ERR re­pors on Fri­day, Au­gust 3, that Gen­eral Hof­mann was in Es­to­nia for a cer­e­mony mark­ing the chang­ing out of the com­man­der of the NATO Force In­te­gra­tion Unit Es­to­nia from Col­lonel Ur­mas Nigul to Col­lonel Aron Kal­mus.

«We are part­ners,» the Ger­man armed forces gen­eral ex­plained. «And what I see so far in the de­vel­op­ment of the ca­pac­i­ties and ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the U.S. Army forces in Europe is that there is no dif­fer­ence com­pared to the his­tory, and that the fore­cast is also that it will stand at that level. And that is needed. The mil­i­tary ad­vice from the Amer­i­can side goes in the same di­rec­tion. So it’s de­ci­sive to have th­ese forces here in place.»


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