The United States will withdraw 10,500 troops sent to Europe in the coming months, which will not affect the capacity of U.S. forces on this continent, which is currently about 100,000, a Pentagon source revealed on Friday.
U.S. Department of Defense spokesman John Kirby said Pentagon official Lloyd Austin has already ordered the implementation of this reduction.
“These are not permanent transfers. They are designed to respond to the current security environment, and these forces are not fighting Russia in Ukraine either.“said a Pentagon spokesman.
From the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine U.S. defense sent military reinforcements to NATO allies on the eastern edgebecause of fears of security threats from Moscow.
On the same day that Russia came to Ukraine, US President Joe Biden ordered the deployment of 7,000 troops to Germanywhat if added to the 6,800 reported in previous weeks and who were temporarily transferred to that country, Poland and Romania.
Currently Americans it has around 100,000 troops on permanent and rotating missions on the European continentthe highest number in almost two decades, especially compared to 80,000 in January, before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.