This week, US President Donald Trump reiterated his intention to move forward with reducing the US military presence in Germany, without any consultation in Berlin. And even as members of the US Congress and US allies abroad expressed concern about the draw, the Trump administration’s decision brought joy to the Kremlin and the Russian media.
Back in June, 22 Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee urged Trump not to go ahead with the move, stating in a letter: “We believe that such steps significantly harm US national security. And at the same time Russia’s position will be stronger for us. Protests … In Europe, the threats posed by Russia have not diminished, and we believe that signs of a weak US commitment to NATO will encourage further Russian aggression and opportunism. “
German officials have described the move as politically motivated. While Trump claimed the draw was based on Germany not meeting NATO’s target Expenditure On defense, Belgium and Italy spend 2 percent of their GDP – the two countries that will receive some US forces from Germany – also spend a small percentage on defense. The move would cost the US taxpayers billions of dollars and weaken NATO alliances.
Meanwhile, when the intention to reduce the US contingent in Germany was first announced, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the Kremlin would “welcome any move by Washington to reduce its military presence in Europe” , “Brazen said to take over the United States. Home not only its soldiers, but also its strategic nuclear weapons.
The Kremlin-controlled Russian state media also realized a precious publicity opportunity. News show anchor Sergi Brilov Saturday westy On Russian state media channel Rossiya -1, Wondering if the controversial move by the Trump administration could be considered as evidence that Russia is no longer a military threat to Europe.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov today used the same justification when he claimed that Russia presents no threat to European countries and that “there are fewer American troops on the European continent than it is in Europe.” The Russian envoy in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov speculated that the withdrawal of part of the American contingent from Germany would not affect the country’s security and the move was also likely to “benefit” Berlin.
Unexpectedly, Germany does not see it that way. Norbert Roetgen, head of the Bundestag Foreign Affairs Committee, Warn On Twitter: “In withdrawing 12.000 troops from Germany, the United States receives[s] The exact opposite of what [Defense Secretary] Outline of Mark G. Instead of strengthening NATO, it is going to weaken the alliance. America’s military dominance will not increase, but will decrease with regard to Russia and the Near and Middle East. “
“Trump is still ours.“
The military’s return to its relations with the Trump administration is the latest piece of good news for Russia.
When there were reports of Russian bouncers being beheaded by US troops, after revelations that Russia and China were hacking Western coronovirus research, it seemed that the dead had passed and sanctions against the Kremlin were appropriate for all. A corps of experts on Russian state TV unanimously warned the audience: there would be new restrictions.
But so far, the ban has only been imposed on China for hacking of the coronavirus vaccine. Other Russian pundits and experts accurately predicted that – unlike the Democrats – Trump and the GOP would include China as the top adversary of the US, not Russia. Therefore, instead of a harsh rebuke, Russian President Vladimir Putin enjoyed a friendly phone conversation with Trump. During his phone call, Trump did not raise the issue of Russian bounties on the US armed forces in Afghanistan, nor did he instruct Putin for hacking Russia’s coronavirus vaccine research. Likewise, Trump did not question the Russian president about the US election and his country’s interference in domestic affairs.
“They are our enemies, 100 percent.“
Trump instead of confronting Putin Lashed out About Democratic Congressman Jerry Nadler about the domestic antifascist group Antifa, he tweeted, “Jerry, blame it on Russia, Russia!” The baseless punchline confirmed that Russian mistakes would continue to flow under the carpet by the Trump administration – a signal that was received with enthusiasm in Moscow. “Trump is still ours,” concludes Alexei Naumov, an expert on the Russian International Affairs Council. “Whew,” dramatically ejected host of a state media news talk show 60 minutes, Olga Skebiva.
“Trump is ours” is a familiar refrain in the Russian state media. Its purpose is twofold: mocking the Kremlin’s investigation into his involvement in the US elections, while insisting on needlessly holding together makes Putin think more than his American counterpart. This is hardly comical in light of Trump’s actions, which consistently benefit Russia’s agenda on the world stage. During the 2018 Trump-Putin press conference in Helsinki, the Russian president openly admitted that he wanted Trump to win the election. Bullhorns from Russian experts, pundits and the Kremlin have repeatedly reiterated that Trump is still a favorite figure in the upcoming presidential election — as a “candidate for anarchy”, dividing Americans domestically and international shifts within transit alliances The reason for.
Weakening the enemy is certainly a prestigious opportunity for Russia – and there is no doubt that the United States is viewed by the Kremlin. Discussion on the United States on Russia’s state TV program 60 minutes Last week, Federation Council member Alexei Kondratiev on the Defense and Security Committee of the Russian Federation insisted: “They are our enemies, 100 percent.” During the same show, expert Alexey Naomov claimed that the world was seeing America “in the state of its demise” as America’s greatness and its global status declined. “America is dying,” announced host Olga Skebiva.
Margherita Simonian, who heads the state-funded TV channel RT, Were previously known Russia Today, Was similarly blunt in his assessment. he said Komsomolskaya Pravida—A daily Russian newspaper — that the complete disintegration of America would be highly profitable for Russia. Simonian speculated that internal chaos would force the United States to focus on its existence, allowing Russia and other countries to pursue their global objectives: “For them to leave us alone, it is necessary That they are too busy for their own internal problems. “This notion is consistent with recent revelations that Russian intelligence services are using English-language websites to spread disinformation — undoubtedly, just a small snowflake at the tip of Russia’s western disruptive iceberg.” Until the US presidential elections, these efforts can be expected to intensify.
In order to weaken NATO, Trump is essentially fulfilling Putin’s wishes by ordering the withdrawal of the US armed forces from Germany. Aided by the Kremlin’s unpredictable comrades’ divisive actions at the Kremlin White House, it is sure to exploit faulty lines and widen the rift in transit relations between Western allies.