Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said on Monday that no final decision had been made on the deployment, which he said would only take place if the NATO alliance decides to activate a rapid response force. “or if other situations arise“In connection with tensions over Russia ‘s military build – up along Ukraine’ s borders.
“It is about reassuring our NATO alliesKirby said, adding that there were no plans to deploy troops in Ukraine itself, according to AP.
Kirby said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had told Biden that up to 8,500 troops would be ordered to prepare for a potential deployment in Europe, given signs that Russian President Vladimir Putin was not easing military pressure on Ukraine. Kirby said he was not prepared to identify US-based units because they were still being notified.
“We have always said that we will strengthen our allies on the eastern flank, and these talks and discussions have certainly been part of what our national security officials are discussing with their counterparts a few weeks ago.White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.
On Monday, Biden will hold a video conversation with several European leaders on Russian military consolidation and potential responses to an invasion, the White House said.
The Pentagon’s move comes amid growing tensions between Russia and the West over fears that Moscow is planning to invade Ukraine, with NATO outlining potential troop and ship deployments, with Britain saying it will withdraw some diplomats from Kiev and denouncing future games. Russian warships off its coast.
Russia has massacred about 100,000 troops near the Ukrainian border, demanding that NATO promise never to allow Ukraine’s accession and that other actions, such as stationing alliance troops in former Soviet bloc countries, be reduced. Some of these, like any promise to permanently ban Ukraine’s access, are not a start for NATO – creating a stalemate that many fear could only end in war.
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