Germany has 35,000 troops ready to defend 'every square foot' of NATO territory

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during a press conference with Latvian Prime Minister Evika Siliņa Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė in Riga, Latvia, May 6, 2024
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during a press conference with Latvian Prime Minister Evika Siliņa Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė in Riga, Latvia, May 6, 2024

Germany will defend "every square foot" of NATO territory should Russia attack an Alliance member, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said at a Baltic heads of government meeting in Latvia on May 6.

"The security of our Baltic allies is our security,” Scholz said.

“Germany is determined to defend every square foot of Alliance territory. An attack on you is also an attack on us. This cannot be allowed."

The security situation in the Baltic states remains tense, which led to the decision of Germany and other allies to deploy additional troops to the area two years ago.

Germany is tasked with protecting the airspace of Estonia and Latvia and will deploy an entire brigade to Lithuania.

Germany consistently reacted to the "tipping point" caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Scholz added. The parliament's efforts will be aimed at defending northeastern and central Europe.

"Almost 35,000 German soldiers are ready to quickly provide assistance to our allies in the case of an emergency," Scholz said.

Possible Russian attack on NATO

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Russia may try to attack Europe in late 2024 or early 2025, when the USA will be "without a leader" and will only be able to come to the aid of its European allies after some delay, Bild reported in December 2023, citing European intelligence sources.

The civilian population in the West should prepare for a “total war” with Russia, NATO’s Military Committee chair, Admiral Rob Bauer, said.

Europe is again "facing a military threat that has not existed for 30 years", said German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius in January 2024, warning of the possibility of a Russian attack in five to eight years,

The possibility of Russia starting a war against NATO next year is extremely low, Lithuania's Commander-in-Chief, Valdemaras Rupšys, said at the same time.

Russia does not want a direct military conflict with the United States and NATO and will continue asymmetric activities, American intelligence reported in March 2024. U.S. intelligence does not believe the war will cross the threshold of a global military conflict.

Russia is preparing for a large-scale conflict with NATO and may attack at least part of the Alliance's territory as early as 2026, German intelligence said.

In case of an attack by Russia, Estonia would be able to repel its attack and win the war,  Estonian Defense Forces head, General Martin Herem, said on April 18.

NATO planners consider a direct Russian invasion of NATO member states unlikely in the near future, the Wall Street Journal wrote on April 30.

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