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Sergei Lavrov (Photo Credit: Mikhail Tereshchenko/TASS)

The downsizing of the US military contingent on German territory would help ease the military and political tension in the region, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a news briefing on Thursday, commenting on Washington’s plans to cut the American personnel in Germany, EDNews.net reports citing TASS.

“On our part, we would welcome any of Washington’s moves for really cutting its military presence in Europe. Such steps would undoubtedly contribute to reducing the confrontational potential and the military-political tension in the Euro-Atlantic region,” the Russian diplomat said.

“Incidentally, Moscow, let me remind you, has always said that maintaining the considerable numerical strength of the US troops in Germany after its unification in 1990 is a vestige of the cold war period,” she stressed.

The Russian side is convinced that European countries can ensure their security independently in present-day realities “without the persistent American patronage,” the diplomat said.