The German government currently opposes the permanent stationing of NATO troops on the territory of East European Alliance member countries.
German newspaper Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung reported Wednesday with reference to the German government’s response to the request of the parliamentary Green Party faction.
“The federal government wants to avoid confrontation with Russia and opposes placing NATO troops in Eastern Europe: the Cabinet outlined this course in its response to the Bundestag,” a statement reads.
As the newspaper notes, quoting from the letter, the government of Germany “still comes from the fact that permanent stationing of combat troops in the eastern part of the union can be refused.” But the official Berlin offers “if necessary to create conditions for a possible rapid deployment” of NATO units to the east.
To remind, primarily Poland and the Baltic states insist on placing NATO troops in the east of the Alliance because of the conflict in Ukraine.