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The United States is deploying about 3,000 additional troops to Poland and Romania as a safeguard for Eastern Europe from possible tension that could arise due to the conflict over Russian forces buildup near Ukraine.
Russia has repeatedly repudiated intentions of an invasion but hinted Wednesday that it also had no intention to concede by taunting Britain and calling Prime Minister Boris Johnson “utterly confused” and alleged British politicians of “stupidity and ignorance.”
The Kremlin has placed 100,000 troops along borders with Russia in preparation for any military actions by either side that may occur if negotiations fail. Their demands included a word from NATO never to receive Kyiv in its alliance.
The Department of Defense announced that a Stryker squadron based in Vilseck, Germany, will be deployed to Romania. And about 1,700 other American servicemen composed largely of soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division are set to join them there too – most likely sent by way from Fort Bragg, North Carolina to Poland. And 300 more service members deployed from Fort Bragg to Germany.
The garrison was unchanging with what he had revealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin, said US counterpart Joe Biden. “As long as he is acting aggressively we’re going to make sure we can reassure our NATO allies and Eastern Europe that we’re there,” he reportedly said, as per Twitter media.
The goal was to send a “strong signal” to the Russian leader “and frankly, to the world, that NATO matters to the United States and it matters to our allies,” Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said.
“We know that he also bristles at NATO, about NATO. He’s made no secret of that. We are making it clear that we’re going to be prepared to defend our NATO allies if it comes to that. Hopefully, it won’t come to that.”
The US garrison in Poland is a strong indication of solidarity for the Polish people, said Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg approved this as well with his statement that the alliance’s response was defensive and proportional.
The United States and Russia seem to be coming apart at the seams. The West says that it doesn’t want any of Moscow’s major demands, while Russian officials indicate they may not have some pull-out signs from their side in return.