*GERMAN ARMY PARTICIPATES IN WAR DRILLS ON RUSSIAN BORDER AS PART OF NATO
*BUNDESWEHR ABOUT 100 KILOMETRES FROM FORMER DISTRICT OF LENINGRAD, SCENE OF ONE OF WORST BATTLES IN WORLD WAR TWO
*GERMANY TO STATION SOLDIERS PERMANENTLY IN BALTIC STATES ESCALATING CONFRONTATION WITH RUSSIA
Germany has laid out plans to become a world military power for the first time since World War Two, according to a draft defence white paper.
The country plans to increase spending on the military and assume a greater role in NATO and a European defence union that pools European states military resources.
Germany’s Defense Ministry on Wednesday said a Germany has “a responsibility to help shape the world order.”
The German army, the Bundeswehr, is at the spearhead of NATO drills along the borders of Russia.
German soldiers participated in a military exercise involving 5000 NATO soldiers Estonia in May just 30 kilometres from the Russian border.
At the NATO summit in Brussels, Germany agreed to send hundreds of soldiers to the Baltic states.
German troops conducting war drills against Russia are little more than a hundred kilometres away from Petersburg, a city called Leningrad in the Soviet Union, where a million Russians died in a World War Two siege.
In a new development, 500 German soldiers are to be permanently stationed in Lithuania.