The United States has decided to deploy 800 new battle tanks in Europe. Some of them will probably be stationed in the Bavarian town of Grafenwoehr. This was reported in the Friday edition of the "Münchner Merkur" which cites a letter from German Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) to the Vice-President of the Bundestag Johannes Singhammer (CSU).

"US President Barack Obama has ordered the deployment of 800 tracked and wheeled vehicles. Some of which are to be stationed in the Bavarian town of Grafenwoehr close to the former inner German border.” The “Münchner Merkur” quotes from German Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen`s (CDU) written reply to a query from Vice President of the Bundestag Johannes Singhammer (CSU).

"The US has decided to move vehicles and large equipment to Europe, in around the quantity needed to equip a brigade," writes Ms. von der Leyen. With this decision the US is supporting, "a clear commitment to transatlantic relations and to the assumption of responsibility for the security of Europe even given the national security challenges". On the practical level the transfer would give rise to “good opportunities for organisations and units of the German Armed Forces as well as other NATO partners to practice together with the American Armed Forces and thus maintain the ability to coordinate at a high level" the "Münchner Merkur" reported on Friday ,

The CSU politician Singhammer called for an additional ten billion Euros to be put into upgrading the Bundeswehr over the next few years. "We need to strengthen our ability to defend the country with conventional weapons," he told the “Münchner Merkur”. At the same time all channels of communication should be used in order to remain in dialogue with the Russian government.

NEO Presse already reported last November that such an adjustment of military resources might be pending. At that time, the US Army had announced that it wanted to move "at least 100 tanks to Europe" by the end of the following year.

"The US Army intents to add at least 100 fighting vehicles to Europe by the end of next year" the commander of the European contingent of US Armed Forces informed reporters of various newspapers a few months ago.


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