On Wednesday, the Pentagon said Joe Biden, the U.S. President, has officially authorized the deployment of 3000 US military personnel to Romania, Germany, and Poland in a measure to strengthen NATO member nations in Eastern Europe with thousands of Russian forces stationed along the border with Ukraine. The troops’ deployments to the East European region are a show of supporting NATO partners feeling threatened by Moscow’s military movements near the onetime Soviet Republic and the peril of Russian invasion, according to the US officials.
America said it’s sending two thousand more forces to Europe, majority of them to Poland, and dispatching a thousand from Germany to Romania to reinforce Eastern Flank nations in the face of Moscow’s sustained buildup of its troops along Ukraine’s border.
.@PentagonPresSec: The United States will soon move additional forces to Romania, Poland, and Germany. I want to be very clear about something: these are not permanent moves. pic.twitter.com/SnQnGnCvwN
— Department of Defense 🇺🇸 (@DeptofDefense) February 2, 2022
Furthermore, the Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told the media that the more American troops, part of 82nd Airborne Division of American Army, aren’t going to fight in the East European country in the event of potential Moscow’s invasion. He said they’re envisioned as a clear indication that they stand with the Western military alliance in protecting the thirty countries in North Atlantic Alliance.
Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General, proclaimed that this’s a strong indication of American commitment. However, Mr. Kirby said the latest dispatch isn’t permanent, but that the United States could deploy more forces as warranted. He emphasized that these troops aren’t going to fight in Ukraine.
Moreover, the movement is the clearest indication to date that America is making for any scenario of a Russian leader launching an invasion on its neighbor, as Moscow has shown no signals of de-escalation after several rounds of diplomatic negotiations with NATO and the United States. The U.S. leader Joe Biden approved the additional forces following a meeting early Feb. 1 at the White House with Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Lloyd Austin, the U.S. Defense Secretary, according to the official.
Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for Moscow Kremlin, told media Matthew Chance in an exclusive declaration later on Feb. 2 that America, in fact, is continuing to excite tension in Europe. Peskov said the dispatching is the best evidence that they, like Moscow, have an apparent reason to be concerned.
On Wednesday, Joe Biden told Kaitlan Collins of CNN that the decision was wholly consistent with what America has told Moscow throughout talks. In the White House East Room briefing, he said that it is wholly consistent with what he told his Russian counterpart in the very beginning. Biden added that as long as he is acting violently, they will ensure they re-assure their NATO partners and the East European region they’re there, and Article V is a sacred responsibility.
American put 8500 troops on heightened alert last week in case a North Atlantic Alliance Response Force is called up, and American forces are needed immediately. But NATO and the U.S. have thousands of other forces already in Europe to draw on for any more positioning to East European partners.