As per the information in the media reports, Germany will be mounting the number of its armed forces personnel participating in NATO exercises on the military alliance’s “Eastern frontier”.
Around 12,000 German soldiers will participate in such exercises in 2018, according to a schedule drawn up by the Ministry of Defense, Xinhua reported.
The figure marks a three-fold increase compared to 2017, resulting in total costs estimated at $111.4 million. The single largest upcoming NATO maneuver, “Trident Juncture”, will be carried out in the fall and mobilize between 30,000 and 40,000 soldiers in total.
Around 8,000 Germans will participate in this exercise. The news comes only a few days after Wolfgang Ischinger, chairman of the annual Munich Security Conference (MSC), warned against a heightened risk of a military confrontation between the United States and Russia.
However, the newspaper “Rheinische Post” reported that inadequate equipment could still hamper German efforts to “play a greater role” in the international security landscape. Among others, there reportedly was a lack of protective clothing, tents and functioning tanks.
The Ministry of Defence rejected such claims on Monday, emphasizing that a thorough investigation of the needs of the armed forces would be conducted before their deployment to ensure full operational readiness.