President Joe Biden has officially approved the sending of thousands of US troops to support the defense operations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Eastern Europe in the context of the Ukraine-Russia stalemate.
For weeks, Russia has been amassing troops on the Ukrainian border. The The Wall Street Journal reports that the US estimates about 100,000 Russian troops on the Ukrainian border.
Although Russian President Vladimir Putin has continued to tell NATO and the rest of Europe that he has no plans to invade Ukraine, NATO and the US have and are having an advantage.
Now, Biden has authorized about 3,000 troops to support European allies, such as NBC News reported.
There are about 1,000 American soldiers in Germany and will soon be moved to Romania. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said they would support other US forces already in the country.
According to NBC News, the soldiers were part of the Stryker infantry unit “designed for short-sequence deployment and rapid movement.”
Another 2,000 troops will be deployed from the 82nd Airborne Division and 18th Airborne Corps based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Kirby said they will be sent to Germany and Poland, as Axios reported.
The military is expected to be deployed in the next few days, but officials have given few specifics.
“They are trained and equipped for a variety of missions in these high-risk times,” a senior defense official said. Wall Street Journal.
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The deployment is also “aimed at deterring a threat against the alliance. We are really ready to bring skins into the game,” they added.
Other European countries, such as Britain, France and Denmark, are also taking measures to build defenses in Eastern Europe, so Russia Axios reported.
Biden will not send troops to Ukraine itself, because the country is not a member of NATO, but over the past year he has approved $600 million in security assistance to Kyiv.
Initially, Biden said he would not send troops to Europe unless Russia actually invaded Ukraine.
Tensions between NATO, Russia and the US are growing rapidly.
At the beginning of the month, American and Russian diplomats met in Geneva, and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said, “There is no plan or intention to attack Ukraine … There is no reason to fear one. some kind of escalation scenario,” like NPR reported.
But the Russian army is still above Ukraine border.
Then on Tuesday, Putin accused the US and its European allies of trying to take down Moscow, as the The Wall Street Journal reported.
Putin said that the US and its allies ignored requests for security guarantees from the Kremlin.
“We do not see an adequate response to our main concerns,” Putin said at a press conference in the Kremlin on Tuesday.
The magazine reported that at that press conference, he criticized NATO for repeatedly threatening Moscow with its eastward push.
Initially, Biden’s response to MoscowUkraine’s moves on Ukraine’s border are intended to outline possible punitive actions if Russia invades Ukraine.
He then increased military support to Ukraine and put the military on alert.
Now, soldiers who have been put on alert will be heading to Europe ever since, as Kirby says, “These movements are an unmistakable signal to the world that we are ready to reassure our allies.” NATO alliance as well as deterrence and defense against any aggression.”
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