This week, US President Donald Trump reiterated his intention to make progress in reducing the US military presence in Germany without any consultation with Berlin. And while members of the US Congress and US allies abroad have expressed concern about the withdrawal, the Trump government’s decision has delighted the Kremlin and Russian media.
In June, 22 Republican members of the Committee on Domestic Armed Forces called on Trump not to continue, saying in a letter: “We believe that such actions would significantly damage US national security and strengthen Russia’s position against our damage … In Europe Russia̵7;s threats have not diminished, and we believe that signs of a weakened US commitment to NATO will encourage further Russian aggression and opportunism. ‘ “
German officials called the move politically motivated. While Trump claimed that the drawdown was based on Germany ‘s failure to meet NATO’ s 2006 target expenses 2% of GDP on defense, Belgium and Italy – two countries that receive some US troops from Germany – spend an even smaller percentage on defense. The move will cost billions of dollars to US taxpayers and undermine NATO alliances.
Meanwhile, when the intention to reduce the US contingent in Germany was first announced, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakhar said the Kremlin “welcomed all steps by Washington to reduce its military presence in Europe,” shamelessly urging the United States to take steps home not only for its troops. , but also tactical nuclear weapons.
Russia’s Kremlin-controlled state media also sensed a rare propaganda opportunity. Sergey Brilyov, news anchor Saturday News about the Russian state media channel Russia-1, wondered if the Trump administration ‘s controversial move could be seen as proof that Russia was no longer a military threat to Europe.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov used the same reasoning today, saying that Russia posed no threat to European countries and that “the fewer American troops there are on the European continent, the calmer it is in Europe.” Russia’s ambassador 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 is likely to “benefit” from the move.
Not surprisingly, Germany does not see it that way. Norbert Roettgen, head of the Bundestag’s Foreign Affairs Committee, warned on Twitter: “With the withdrawal of 12,000 troops from Germany, the US reached[s] the exact opposite of that [Defense Secretary] Mark Esper sketched. Instead of strengthening NATO, it will weaken the alliance. US military influence will not increase, but will decrease in relation to Russia and the Middle East. “
“Trump is still ours.“
The withdrawal of troops is only the last good news for Russia in its relations with the Trump administration.
When there were reports of Russian rewards placed on the heads of US troops, followed by revelations that Russia and China had hacked Western coronavirus research, it seemed to have died and sanctions against the Kremlin were all necessary, but necessary. The audience, a corps of experts on Russian state television, unanimously warned the audience: there will be new sanctions.
Sanctions for hacking the coronavirus vaccine have so far been imposed exclusively on China. Other Russian experts and experts accurately predicted that – unlike Democrats – Trump and the GOP would not choose Russia, but China as America’s top adversary. Therefore, instead of a strict rebuke, Russian President Vladimir Putin enjoyed a friendly telephone conversation with Trump. During a phone call, Trump did not raise the issue of Russian compensation to the US military in Afghanistan, nor did he reprimand Putin for hacking coronavirus vaccine research. Trump also did not question the Russian president’s continued interference in his country’s US elections and internal affairs.
“They are our enemies, 100 percent.“
Instead of standing up to Putin, Trump attacked Democratic Congressman Jerry Nadler on the domestic anti-fascist group Antifa, doubling in part: “Jerry, blame it on Russia, Russia, Russia!” The unfair punk line has reaffirmed that Russian offenses will continue to be undermined. the Trump administration watched the carpet – a signal that was enthusiastically received in Moscow. “Trump is still ours,” concluded Russian Foreign Affairs expert Alexei Naumov. “Fine,” the host of the state media show exhaled theatrically 60 minutes, Olga Skabeeva.
“Trump is our” is a well-known refrain in the Russian state media. Its goal is twofold: it seems to be a mockery of the investigation into the Kremlin’s participation in the US election, while emphasizing Putin’s inexplicable delay over his American counterpart. It’s hardly funny, in the light of Trump’s actions, which have consistently benefited Russia’s agenda on the world stage. During the Trump-Putin press conference in Helsinki in 2018, the Russian president openly admitted that he wanted Trump to win the election. Russian experts, experts and Kremlin bullhorns have repeatedly reiterated that Trump is still the preferred figure in the upcoming presidential competition – as a “candidate of chaos” that divides Americans in the domestic market and causes international divisions in transatlantic alliances.
The weakening of the enemy is undoubtedly a sought-after opportunity for Russia – and there is no doubt that the Kremlin sees the United States as such. Discussion of the United States on the Russian state television program 60 minutes Last week, Alexei Kondratiev, a member of the Federation Council’s Defense and Security Committee, stressed: “They are our enemies, 100 percent.” During the same exhibition, expert Alexey Naumov claimed that the world is witnessing the US “in its deadly throats” the size of America and its global position are declining sharply. “America is dying,” said host Olga Skabeeva.
Margarita Simonyan, head of the state television channel RT, formerly known as Russia today, was also open for evaluation. She said Komsomolskaya Pravda– the daily Russian tabloid newspaper – that the complete collapse of America would be very beneficial for Russia. Simonyan speculated that internal chaos would force the United States to focus on its own survival, allowing Russia and other countries to pursue their global goals without hindrance: “In order to leave ourselves, it is essential that they be terribly busy with their own internal problems. “This perception is in line with recent revelations that Russian intelligence services use English-language websites to disseminate misinformation – no doubt just a small snowflake at the tip of Russia’s anti-Western disinformation glacier. These efforts are expected to intensify in the run-up to the US presidential election.
As for the weakening of NATO, Trump in principle fulfills Putin’s wishes by ordering the withdrawal of the US armed forces from Germany. The Kremlin will certainly take advantage of the breakthrough lines in transatlantic relations between the Western Allies and widen the rifts on all occasions, aided by the Kremlin’s unlikely action in the White House.