August 16, 2022

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NATO raises troops: Berlin sends 15,000 troops to intervention forces

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Berlin sends 15,000 troops to the intervention force

NATO wants to increase its intervention force to “over 300,000” forces. Federal Defense Minister Lambrecht is now calculating the German contribution. In addition to the crew, Berlin wants to supply 65 aircraft and 20 ships.

Germany wants to contribute 15,000 troops to an expanded NATO intervention force of more than 300,000 troops. Shortly before the start of the NATO summit in Madrid, Federal Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said the federal government was ready to “provide a unit, that is, 15,000 soldiers.” In addition, according to them, “about 65 planes and 20 ships” are to arrive. “NATO must be strong and it must be reflected in the number of troops,” the SPD politician added. Germany is ready to contribute.

Coalition Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday announced a new troop model for the Russian-occupied war against Ukraine, which is likely to be approved by heads of state and government at a two-day summit beginning Wednesday.

It aims to almost eight times increase the number of NATO forces operating on land, sea and air – from about 40,000 to “more than 300,000” at present. Stoltenberg spoke of “the greatest restructuring of our collective security and prevention after the Cold War.”

Self-propelled howitzers for Ukraine

Lambrecht also announced that he would send another shipload of heavy weapons to Ukraine ahead of the start of the NATO summit. Germany and the Netherlands want to send a total of six Panzerhaubitz 2000s. The federal government could “hand over three more 2000 self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine,” Lambrecht said in the evening.

One week ago, Germany delivered the first seven artillery pieces of this type to Ukraine. “I am already going to the fullest extent of responsibility,” Lambrecht insisted. According to them, Ukraine has asked for additional supplies from Germany and the Netherlands.

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