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    NATO Seeks Expansion to Eastern Europe (362)

    Germany is building its army muscles citing – guess what? – Russia as the reason.

    The tensions between NATO and Russia have prompted Germany to alter its military strategy: from now on, the Bundeswehr will not discard weapons, as "deterrence may become important again", German TV-channel ARD reported.

    The media outlet obtained a document composed by army command. It reads:

    "From now on and until a further directive, it is prohibited to discard usable military equipment."

    The battle tank Leopard 2 A7 is presented by German Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) on June 14, 2010 at Eurosatory 2010 in Villepinte near Paris
    © AFP 2021 / ERIC PIERMONT
    German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen explained the move as a need to reinforce the army due to an alleged "Russian threat."

    Therefore new Army Inspector Lieutenant General Jörg Vollmer has decided to make the German army more suited for the role as NATO's spearhead.

    The primary reason for the change is the Ukrainian conflict and the exacerbation of relations between NATO and Russia as a result, according to the ARD.

    Earlier it was reported that Germany would increase its stock of combat-ready Leopard-2 battle tanks by modernizing 100 previously decommisioned vehicles for 22 million euros.

    The relations between NATO and Russia were severely damaged by the Ukrainian crisis and the West’s reluctance to recognize the Crimean referendum. NATO has been boosting its military presence along the Russian border, which Moscow views as a menace.

    NATO Seeks Expansion to Eastern Europe (362)


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