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Germany: Bundestag debates NATO increasing US troops in E.Europe02:38

Germany: Bundestag debates NATO increasing US troops in E.Europe

Germany, Berlin
January 19, 2017 at 16:46 GMT -00:00 · Published

The German Bundestag convened in Berlin, Thursday, to debate the increased presence of US Army troops in Eastern Europe as part of NATO operation 'Atlantic Resolve.'

Members from Die Linke (The Left) party opposed the heightened presence of American troops in Europe, with one member, Wolfgang Gehrke, saying, "You can't believe that this action will be considered a declaration of peace to Russia. If one starts up a Cold War with Russia again, then it destroys what has been built over decades, and I do not want for that to be destroyed."

The centre-right CDU/CSU party defended the operation. CDU member Elisabeth Motschmann claimed that Eastern European NATO member states had asked for the presence of NATO forces, "They've asked for this protection and this is why a tank brigade from the US Army moves to Central and Eastern Europe. As was determined in the NATO council."

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The German Bundestag convened in Berlin, Thursday, to debate the increased presence of US Army troops in Eastern Europe as part of NATO operation 'Atlantic Resolve.'

Members from Die Linke (The Left) party opposed the heightened presence of American troops in Europe, with one member, Wolfgang Gehrke, saying, "You can't believe that this action will be considered a declaration of peace to Russia. If one starts up a Cold War with Russia again, then it destroys what has been built over decades, and I do not want for that to be destroyed."

The centre-right CDU/CSU party defended the operation. CDU member Elisabeth Motschmann claimed that Eastern European NATO member states had asked for the presence of NATO forces, "They've asked for this protection and this is why a tank brigade from the US Army moves to Central and Eastern Europe. As was determined in the NATO council."

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