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German Defense Minister fears a decrease in US involvement in NATO

German Defense Minister fears a decrease in US involvement in NATO

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The likelihood of a president coming to the White House after the US election, who will reduce American activity within NATO, would be the “worst case” for Europe. According to RBC with reference to the German media, this was stated by German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius.

“If an American president came to the White House, who distanced himself from Europe and NATO, then we would have problems that are currently hard to imagine,” he said.

It is noted that Republicans are critical of assistance to Ukraine, and Donald Trump, who announced his participation in the presidential election, does not approve of the course of the current American leader Joe Biden both in relation to Kiev and in relation to the North Atlantic Alliance. Thus, it is quite possible that after the election, the Americans may significantly reduce their presence in Europe.

Pistorius believes that with such an outcome, European countries will have to compensate for this. “In addition to what we are already doing today,” he said.

According to the minister, even if a “pro-European” president comes to the White House, Washington will have to pay more attention to the Indo-Pacific region. Berlin, Pistorius believes, should also participate in this. “That is why we are planning another naval mission in the region next year,” he said.

Speaking about the problems with the equipment of the Bundeswehr (the armed forces of Germany), Pistorius admitted that it would not be possible to eliminate the existing gaps in the coming years. At the same time, he called the defense of NATO’s eastern flank a priority.

The minister rejected the transition to a war economy, which was called for by the ex-ambassador of Germany in Washington and the former chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Wolfgang Ischinger. Such an approach would mean that Germany is in the “party of war,” Pistorius said. “No, and therefore it is not being discussed,” he stressed.

Source: Rosbalt

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