While there are concerns about Russian aggression in Ukraine, Vice President Joe Biden has ordered the deployment of 2,000 U.S. military personnel in Poland and Germany, with an additional 1,000 being sent from Germany to Romania, the Pentagon announced on Wednesday. The move shows America’s commitment to NATO’s eastern flank.
Vladimir Putin’s country responded to the deployments with a strongly-worded rebuke, calling them “unfounded” and “destructive.”
A new phone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was also made during the call.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. Secretary of State John F. Johnson both issued statements expressing worry over Russia’s “hostile conduct” near the Ukrainian border, referring to Putin’s deployment of 100,000 troops there.
It is the goal of the administration of Vice President Joe Biden to display American resolve in this situation without jeopardising diplomatic efforts for a resolution.
A notable omission from Vice President Joe Biden is the lack of military support for the three Baltic countries on NATO‘s eastern frontier that were once Soviet states.
Washington has stopped referring to a Russian invasion as “imminent,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Wednesday, because the word implies that Washington knows Putin has made a decision to invade.
Authorities claim that it is still unclear what Putin’s aims are.
However, Putin has stated that he cannot stand the thought of the United States extending its force presence in Eastern Europe, as well as the possibility of Ukraine joining NATO.
A NATO missile defence system in Romania, which Russia regards as a danger, already has thousands of American troops stationed there.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014, the United States has strengthened its involvement in the region.
According to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, the soon-to-deploy U.S. Marines will temporarily boost defensive positions of the United States and its allies.
According to him, “These are not long-term moves,” he said, underlining that the goal is for allies to feel secure.
It was reported by Kirby that Russia has continued its buildup despite U.S. requests for a reduction in the tensions.
A top Russian official predicted that the crisis would worsen if the United States changed course.
Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko claimed that “the unjustified damaging acts will only escalate military tensions and reduce the field for political decisions.”
Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba reiterated that if Russia makes measures that indicate an imminent invasion, Ukraine would respond as necessary.
The 82nd Airborne Division’s infantry brigade, which includes around 1,700 soldiers, is among the 2,000 newly deployed U.S. forces from Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
The 18th Airborne Corps will send the remaining 300 troops to Germany as a “combined task force-capable headquarters,” according to the Pentagon.
It is a “powerful gesture of support in reaction to the crisis in Ukraine,” said Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak in a tweet.
The 2nd Cavalry Regiment based in Vilseck, Germany, is sending 1,000 soldiers to Romania.
Kirby said they’ll add to the roughly 900 already in Romania.
Deterring aggression and enhancing our defence capabilities in frontline allied states during this era of high risk are the goals of the cavalry deployment, according to a Pentagon statement.
As Kirby put it, “we must send a strong statement to Mr. Putin and to the world” regarding the United States’ commitment to NATO.
Additionally, he stated that several other European NATO countries are considering increasing their forces on NATO’s eastern border, a decision that was made by France as well.
On Wednesday night, Vice President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke via phone.