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In the coming weeks, the U.S. may transfer some troops stationed in Western Europe to Eastern Europe, according to a NATO diplomat.
The diplomat, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, emphasized that the move only “has to do with American troops that are already in Europe.” These statements confirm a report by the New York Times detailing that President Biden was considering sending U.S. troops to European allies.
On Monday, NATO said it was putting forces on standby and sending more fighter jets and ships to reinforce easter Europe. The announcement was denounced by Russia as the U.S. escalating tensions over Ukraine.
The news comes as tensions mount between Russia and the West, with NATO detailed potential troop and ship deployments and Ireland sending a stern warning that any Russian naval exercises off the country’s coast were “not welcome.”
NATO’s announcements restate moves made by member countries but appear to be the Western alliance’s way to show resolve and followed a series of announcements signaling the West was steadily increasing its discourse in the information war to accompany the Ukraine standoff.
Despite Russia amassing an estimated 100,000 troops near Ukraine’s borders, it denies plans of an invasion, pointing to the West’s accusations being a cover for NATO’s provocations.
But as high-stakes diplomatic talks failed on Friday, NATO announced Monday it would intensify “deterrence” in the Baltic Sea area.
France is ready to send troops to Romania. Denmark will be deploying a frigate and F-16 warplanes to Lithuania. Spain will deploy three ships to the Black Sea and four fighter jets to Bulgaria, joining other NATO naval forces. Then, the Netherlands has announced its plans to send two F-35 fighter planes to Bulgaria.
The move coincides with an announcement by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, that revealed the alliance would be taking “all necessary measures to protect and defend all allies.”