It is important that US presence in Europe continues - Rinkevics

  • 2020-06-25
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA -  For the time being Latvia does not have details about U.S. President Donald Trump's decision on the possible relocation of U.S. troops in Europe, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) said today in an interview to Latvian Radio. 

The minister said that Latvia is following developments in Europe and analyzing Trumps' announcement on the relocation of troops. The decision's details are not known at the moment, for instance, how many soldiers could be redeployed and to which countries. 

"It is important that U.S. presence in Europe continues. I believe that the U.S. should have soldiers both in Germany and Poland, but I would rather not speculate as to which might be the countries the troops will be moved to," Rinkevics said. 

The minister indicated that NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Groups are stationed in the Baltic states since 2016 and that U.S. troops often take part in their exercise. 

Rinkevics said that the Polish and American presidents' unanimous position that the number of troops should not be reduced is a good sign. 

After a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda earlier this month, Trump announced that the U.S. will move some of its troops from Germany to Poland. 

"We're going to be reducing our forces in Germany. Some will be coming home and some will be going to other places, but Poland would be one of those other places," Trump said.