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30 Mar 22. Austin Thanks Chancellor for Germany Boosting Defense Spending. Germany has shown tremendous leadership at this crucial moment. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s decision to bolster Germany’s armed forces is bold and historic, said Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III in a meeting in the Pentagon today with German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht.
“We look forward to working with you to implement these important changes. We also salute Germany’s decision to send security assistance to Ukraine. Your example helped inspire other allies and partners to follow, Austin said.
“We applaud your decision to invest in your armed forces, pledging to spend more than 2% of your economic output on defense and establishing a special fund for the armed forces,” he said.
Austin thanked Lambrecht for hosting U.S. deployed forces in recent months. “I’ve experienced Germany’s hospitality to U.S. personnel firsthand. And I’m very grateful for your support for our deployed troops,” he said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war of choice has taken a terrible toll in civilian casualties and forced millions of innocent Ukrainians to flee their country, Austin said.
“Russia isn’t just attacking Ukraine. It’s also attacking the principles at the core of trans-Atlantic security. So we’re proud to stand alongside our allies and partners in supporting Ukraine and its sovereignty and in imposing consequences on Russia for its aggression,” he said.
“Together, we’ve sent a clear message. Any challenge to our security will meet a firm and united response. And our commitment to NATO’s collective defense is ironclad,” he added.
Together, the United States and Germany will continue to look for ways to foster peace in Europe and around the world, the secretary said.
“The relationship between the United States and Germany is good and it’s sustainable and permanent,” said Lambrecht.
Germany and other NATO nations stand united against Putin, she said, mentioning the punishing sanctions against Russia and arms deliveries to Ukraine. (Source: US DoD)
25 Mar 22. United Kingdom: Terrorism threat level lowered in Northern Ireland; risk of violence remains. This week, MI5 announced that it had lowered the terrorism threat level from “Severe” to “Substantial” in Northern Ireland for the first time in 12 years. “Substantial” threat level means that terrorist attacks are still likely to happen, potentially without prior warning. Northern Ireland Secretary of State Brandon Lewis highlighted that the paramilitary organisation New IRA is still active and poses a security threat in Northern Ireland despite lower levels of activity by dissident republican paramilitary groups over recent years. Considering that there is still considerable tension regarding the Northern Ireland Protocol, it is highly likely that regional tensions and the threat of domestic unrest that could turn violent will remain high in the near term, however, such threats are expected to remain below the threshold of a terrorist attack according to the assessment of the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) and MI5. (Source: Sibylline)
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