Stoltenberg admitted that after the Cold War, the US had justifiably reduced its military presence in Europe, but now it is the opposite.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg admitted that the US military presence in Europe has reached a record level since the beginning of the century.
вЂњThere are now more American troops in Europe than in many years since the turn of the century. In a few weeks, the Defender will begin the largest exercise вЂ” 2020, for participation in which 20 thousand troops from the U.S. will arrive in Europe,вЂќ he said.
The Secretary-General acknowledged that after the Cold War, the U.S. has reasonably reduced its military presence in Europe, but now it is the opposite.
вЂњThe paradox is that despite all our differences, we (European countries and the United States) are now doing more together than ever,вЂќ he said.
Stoltenberg also called on European parliamentarians to share his view that the European Union needs NATO and the participation of the U.S. (as well as Canada and Turkey) in deterring Russia and in вЂњdialogue with it on arms control,вЂќ in the fight against terrorism, as well as in finding answers to challenges from China.
In his speech, the head of NATO did not mention specific figures on the number of American military personnel in Europe today.
The Defender 2020 exercise will be the largest US maneuver in Europe in 25 years.
Recall that the new drones will allow NATO to see 200 km deep into the neighboring countries.
It was also reported that NATO's first unmanned aerial reconnaissance system was opened at Sigonella Air Base in Italy.