US orders 8,500 troops on heightened alert

US orders 8,500 troops on heightened alert

The Pentagon ordered 8,500 troops to be on high alert to potentially be deployed to Europe as part of a NATO “reaction force” amid growing concern that Russia could soon take a military step on Ukraine. President Joe Biden consulted with key European leaders, underscoring US solidarity with allies there.

Putting US-based troops on high alert for Europe on Monday dampened hopes that Russian President Vladimir Putin will back down from what Biden himself has said poses a threat to invade neighboring Ukraine.

Beyond Ukraine’s future, at stake, is the credibility of the NATO alliance that is central to US defense strategy but which Putin sees as a relic of the Cold War and a threat to Russian security. For Biden, the crisis represents a major test of his ability to form a joint Allied stance against Putin.

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said about 8,500 US-based troops are being put on alert for a possible deployment – not in Ukraine but in Eastern Europe as part of coalition forces in NATO territory – to prevent any widespread Putin aggression. To indicate a unified commitment to stop.

Russia denies that it is planning an invasion. It added that the Western charges are only a cover for NATO’s own planned provocation. Recent days have seen high-stakes diplomacy that has failed to reach any success, and key players at play are making moves that suggest fears of impending war.

Biden has sought to strike a balance between actions taken to deter Putin and actions that could provide an opportunity for the Russian leader to use the vast power gathered on Ukraine’s border.

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