Amid Rising Tensions With Russia, the Biden Administration Is Gathering Information on Possible Army Deployments to Eastern Europe.
According to multiple US and military officials, the Biden administration is finalising the identification of specific military units it intends to send to Eastern Europe and writing up the military orders necessary to deter Russia, which has amassed tens of thousands of troops along the Ukrainian border.
According to a senior military official who spoke with CNN, President Joe Biden discussed options for increasing US troop levels in the Baltics and Eastern Europe during a briefing at Camp David on Saturday.
Troops could be deployed in response to US warnings that a Russian invasion of Ukraine could soon occur, according to reports. Due to “an abundance of caution,” the State Department reduced staffing at the US embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Sunday. Nonessential employees and family members were asked to leave.
For example, a senior defence official says that the Biden administration may look into moving anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 troops to help shore up the countries in Eastern Europe and the Baltics, as well as to help evacuate American citizens in an emergency.
Reconciling with allies in Eastern Europe is the primary goal of sending military reinforcements, and there is no indication that US troops will be deployed to Ukraine or will engage in combat roles.
To help Ukraine’s military, the United States has sent two weapons shipments over the last week as part of a recently directed security assistance programme.
Also on Monday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg released a statement announcing that additional ships and fighter jets are being sent to Eastern Europe and that NATO forces are being put on alert.
Nato’s eastern flank will be beefed up as a part of its commitment to protect and defend all its members, Stoltenberg said.
More than 127,000 Russian troops have been stationed in the region, according to Ukraine’s Defense Ministry’s latest intelligence assessment, while US officials have said Russia is ready to invade.
According to US officials, they don’t know if Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to invade Ukraine, or what he intends to do about it. However, some officials who have seen the intelligence say there is evidence that Russia is planning to overthrow the government in Kyiv.
According to a statement released by the UK Foreign Office on Saturday, the Russian government is planning to “install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv” as it considers whether to invade and take over Ukraine.
Russia denies plans to invade and accuses the United States and NATO of ratcheting up tensions over their support for Ukraine. The Kremlin called the reports that a pro-Russian leader would be installed in Ukraine “hysteria” on Monday. The United States and NATO are raising tensions, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
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“I’m referring to the information hysteria that we’re seeing,” he continues. An enormous amount of false information is generously used to frame the storey.
State Department officials assured reporters on Sunday that the reduction in embassy staffing was not due to a change in the level of threat to US personnel currently present in the nation. State Department assistance would be “severely impacted” if Russian military action occurs in Ukraine, according to the officials who made the decision to reduce embassy personnel and urge Americans to leave the country.
Additionally, the UK Foreign Office announced on Monday that some British Embassy personnel and their dependents would be withdrawn in response to growing Russian threats.
However, recent talks between the United States and Russia have failed to produce any breakthroughs. NATO and the United States must agree to keep Ukraine out of NATO and withdraw military forces from Eastern Europe, including Romania and Bulgaria, Russia has said.
The US has frequently stated that these requests are unworkable, though Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated last week that following his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the US would respond in writing to Moscow’s demands.