This week, US President Donald Trump reiterated his intention to further reduce the US military presence in Germany without any consultation with Berlin. And even when members of the U.S. Congress and American allies abroad expressed concern about the use of the funds, the Trump administration’s decision brought joy to the Kremlin and the Russian media.
June 22 Republicans, members of the House Armed Service Committee, urged Trump not to take this step: “We believe that such actions will severely damage US national security and strengthen Russia’s position to our detriment … In Europe, Russia̵7;s threats have not diminished, and we believe that The US commitment to NATO will encourage further Russian aggression and opportunism. “
German officials called the move politically motivated. Although Trump said the disbursement was based on Germany’s failure to meet NATO’s target costs 2 percent of its GDP is spent on defense, and Belgium and Italy, two countries that will reach part of the U.S. military from Germany, spend an even lower percentage on defense. The move will cost billions of dollars to American taxpayers and hurt NATO alliances.
Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the Kremlin would “welcome any move by Washington to reduce its military presence in Europe,” he said. at home not only their troops but also tactical nuclear weapons.
The Kremlin-controlled Russian state media also felt a costly propaganda opportunity. Sergei Brillev, anchor of the news program Saturday Vesti Russian state media channel Russia-1, considered whether the controversial step of the Trump administration could be considered as proof that Russia no longer poses a military threat to Europe.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov applied the same justification today, saying that Russia poses no threat to European countries and that “the fewer US troops there are on the European continent, the calmer Europe is.” Russia’s envoy to Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, speculated that the withdrawal of part of the US contingent from Germany would not affect the country’s security, and Berlin would probably even “benefit” from the move.
Not surprisingly, Germany does not see this. Norbert Roettgen, head of the Bundestag’s foreign affairs committee, warned on Twitter: “With the withdrawal of 12,000 troops from Germany, the US is reaching[s] quite the opposite of what [Defense Secretary] Mark Esper laid out. Instead of strengthening NATO, it will weaken the alliance. U.S. military influence will not increase, but decrease, vis-à-vis Russia and the Middle East. “
“Short is still ours.“
The withdrawal of troops is only the latest news for Russia in its relations with the Trump administration.
When news of Russia’s costs put on the heads of American soldiers came to light, and after it became clear that Russia and China were conducting investigations into Western coronaviruses, deaths appeared and sanctions against the Kremlin were inevitable. A choir of Russian state television experts unanimously warned the audience: there will be new sanctions.
However, so far sanctions for hacking the coronavirus vaccine have only been imposed on China. Other Russian experts and experts have accurately predicted that Trump and the People’s Government, unlike the Democrats, will single out China as China’s top opponent, not Russia. Therefore, instead of harshly reprimanding, Russian President Vladimir Putin enjoyed a friendly phone conversation with Trump. During their telephone conversation, Trump did not raise the issue of Russia’s contributions to the U.S. Armed Forces in Afghanistan and did not recognize Putin over Russia’s hacking into coronavirus vaccine research. Also, Trump did not question the Russian president about his country’s interference in U.S. elections and home affairs.
“They are our enemies, one hundred percent.“
Instead of confronting Putin, Trump called Democratic Congressman Jerry Nadler about the country’s anti-fascist group Antifa, tweeting in part: “Jerry, blame it on Russia, Russia, Russia!” The awkward punch reaffirmed that the Trump administration will continue to sail to Russia. carpets – a signal enthusiastically received in Moscow. “The short is still ours,” concluded Alexei Naumov, an expert at Russia’s International Affairs Council. “Whew,” was the theatrical inspiration of the host of the state media news talk show 60 minutes, Olga Skabeeva.
“Short is ours” is a well-known abstention in the Russian state media. Its purpose is twofold: to ridicule an investigation into the Kremlin’s involvement in the U.S. election, while emphasizing Putin’s unexplained detention appears to have an American counterpart. This is almost ridiculous given Trump’s actions, which are consistently beneficial to Russia’s agenda on the world stage. During 2018. At the Trump-Putin press conference in Helsinki, the Russian president openly admitted that he wanted Trump to win the election. Russian experts, serfs, and the Kremlin’s turmoil have repeatedly reiterated that Trump is still the most popular figure in the upcoming presidential contest, “as a candidate for chaos,” dividing Americans domestically and causing international strife in transatlantic alliances.
The weakening of the enemy is undoubtedly a coveted opportunity for Russia and there is no doubt that the Kremlin sees the United States as such. Discussion of a U.S. state television show 60 minutes Last week, Alexei Kondratiev, a member of the Federation Council of the Defense and Security Committee of the Russian Federation, emphasized: “100 percent of them are our enemies.” In the same broadcast, expert Alexei Naumov said that the world is witnessing the “death regrets” of the United States, because America’s greatness and its global position are declining sharply. “America is dying,” said guest Olga Skabeeva.
Margarita Simonyan, head of the state-funded television channel RT, formerly known as Russia today, its assessment was similar. She said Komsomolskaya Pravda“Daily Russian tabloid” that the complete disintegration of America would be of great benefit to Russia. Simonyan speculated that internal chaos would force the U.S. to focus on its own survival, allowing Russia and other countries not to interfere with their global goals: “In order for them to leave us alone, it is necessary that they be terribly busy with their own forces. internal problems. “This perception coincides with recent explanations that Russia’s intelligence services are using English-language websites to spread disinformation – no doubt, it’s just a small snowflake on top of Russia’s anti-Western disinformation iceberg. These efforts are expected to intensify in the run-up to the US presidential election.
As for NATO’s weakening, Trump is largely fulfilling Putin’s wishes by ordering the withdrawal of U.S. armed forces from Germany. The Kremlin will inevitably exploit the loopholes in transatlantic relations between the Western Allies and, on each occasion, widen the gaps, drawing on the likely actions of the Kremlin’s comrade in the White House.