July 29, 2020 / 4:10 PM / 17 days ago

Bavaria slams U.S. decision to withdraw troops from Germany

FILE PHOTO: Bavarian State Prime Minister Markus Soeder attends a news conference in Munich, Germany, July 27, 2020. Peter Kneffel/Pool via Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder on Wednesday criticised the U.S. decision to withdraw about 12,000 troops from Germany, adding that Germany still hoped the next U.S. administration would scrap the plan.

“We very much regret the U.S. government’s decision. Unfortunately, this puts a burden on the German-American relationship,” Markus Soeder said.

He added that the U.S. troop withdrawal served no clear military purpose, and would even weaken the NATO alliance and the United States itself.

“We are now waiting to see if the decision will last,” Soeder said in reference to the U.S. presidential election in November.

Reporting by Michael Nienaber, Editing by Douglas Busvine

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