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The Pentagon potentially approved the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Germany

The US Department of Defense has approved a deal with the German authorities for the sale of fifth-generation F-35 Lightning fighters. This was reported on July 28 by Reuters with reference to the Pentagon.

The main contractors under the deal will be Lockheed Martin Corp., Boeing and Raytheon Technologies. The cost of equipment and machinery to be supplied under the forthcoming contract is $8.4 billion.

At the same time, Reuters notes, the Pentagon did not provide information that the supply contract had been signed or negotiations had been completed.

On May 30, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced that the country will soon have the largest traditional army in Europe among NATO countries. According to the chancellor, this will significantly strengthen the security of Germany and its allies.

On the same day, the AFP agency spoke about Germany’s plans to allocate €100 billion to modernize the country’s armed forces. It was noted that the deal would allow Berlin “on average over several years” to achieve the target for NATO countries of 2% of GDP allocated for defense.

On May 31, Alexander Kamkin, a researcher at the IMEMO RAS named after Primakov, commented on the plans of the German authorities to expand the Bundeswehr. In his opinion, this gesture is an alarm signal about the militarization of the entire European continent.

Germany has decided to increase military contributions to the NATO budget in the amount of 2% of GDP. Before the start of the Russian special operation to protect the Donbass, Berlin actively resisted pressure from the United States and NATO on the countries of the alliance in order to increase their defense spending. Over the past eight years, German defense spending has been in the range of 1.1 to 1.5% of GDP.

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