On Friday, Joe Biden, the U.S. President, said that he’d be moving American forces to East European and NATO nations in the near term but added that the number wouldn’t be a lot as tensions escalate over Moscow’s increased military presence along the Ukrainian border.
The U.S. Defense Department has already put nearly 8500 American troops on heightened alert for likely positioning to Europe. President Biden told media on return to D.C. from a speech in Philadelphia that he will be moving forces to the NATO and the East European nations “in the near term. Not too many.”
The remarks soon after the Russian Federation insisted that it wouldn’t start a war with the once Soviet Republic Ukraine after the US leader warned there’s a distinct possibility that Russia could invade its neighbor in next month. As the West anticipated the Kremlin’s next move, Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister of Russia, said his country didn’t want war but wouldn’t let its interests to be rudely attacked or overlooked, either.
During an interview with Russian radio stations, he said that if it be subject to Moscow, then there’ll be no war, but he doesn’t rule out that someone would like to incite armed action around Ukraine.
Ukraine Neighbors Exhibited Willingness to Deploy US Forces
Furthermore, strains have been growing for several weeks, with America and its European partners scrambling to prevent a Russian invasion. Moscow has positioned about 0.125 million troops on its border with Ukraine and issued a sequence of bold demands, but frequently denied planning any attack. In his leading public retort to the West’s response to those demands, Mr. Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader, said Friday ‘America and North Atlantic Alliance’ hadn’t addressed the ‘core concerns’ of his country.
According to a Moscow Kremlin readout of his virtual speaking with French President Emmanuel Macron, Mr. Putin said he’d prudently study the written responses before deciding on succeeding moves. Biden spoke Thursday with Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukrainian President, whose country has downplayed the threat even as the West sounds the alarm about the war potential.
On Thursday, Emily Horne, a spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, said on Twitter that Mr. Biden said there’s a distinct possibility that Moscow could invade its neighbor in February.
This is not true. President Biden said that there is a distinct possibility that the Russians could invade Ukraine in February. He has previously said this publicly & we have been warning about this for months. Reports of anything more or different than that are completely false. https://t.co/chkFOhwWHn
— Emily Horne (@emilyhorne46) January 27, 2022
Ukraine has a border with four NATO countries – Slovakia, Poland, Romania, and Hungary. In addition, other military alliance members in the North – Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia – have all shown their readiness to station more American forces. And Biden has said that they’re going to actually raise troop presence in Romania, in Poland, etc., if, in fact, he moves, they’re part of NATO Alliance.