U.S. troops might quickly be despatched to Japanese Europe amid heightened tensions spurred by a feared Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“I’ll be transferring troops to Japanese Europe within the NATO international locations within the close to time period,” President Joe Biden instructed reporters Friday after he arrived at Joint Base Andrews, getting back from a go to to Pittsburgh. “Not so much,” he added.
RUSSIA INVASION OF UKRAINE COULD RESULT IN ‘SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF CASUALTIES’
The Pentagon positioned 8,500 troops on heightened alert to be ready if NATO ought to activate a response drive “or if different conditions develop,” spokesman John Kirby instructed reporters Monday.
The Pentagon’s announcement got here the identical day that NATO agreed to deploy further ships and fighter jets to function as a “deterrence and protection as Russia continues its navy buildup in and round Ukraine,” in accordance with an announcement. The troops wouldn’t be despatched to Ukraine itself.
Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin stated he doesn’t consider it’s too late to keep away from a navy battle with Russia. Nevertheless, the White Home warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has mobilized 100,000 troops across the Ukrainian border, might invade the nation at any second.
“We do not consider that President Putin has made a remaining choice to make use of these forces in opposition to Ukraine,” Austin stated Friday. “He clearly now has that functionality.”
Final weekend, Secretary of State Antony Blinken ordered “eligible members of the family” of U.S. diplomats in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, to depart the nation and granted permission for “nonemergency U.S. authorities workers” to depart.