President Biden has authorized U.S. troops to go to eastern Europe amid ongoing tensions between Russia and Ukraine.
Biden is sending about 2,000 troops from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to Poland and Germany this week, and sending part of an infantry Stryker squadron of roughly 1,000 troops based in Germany to Romania, according to a senior administration official.
The moves come as Russia has amassed about 100,000 troops on the border of Ukraine in recent weeks, sparking fears of an invasion.
The US troop movements announced Wednesday by the Pentagon are separate and in addition to the 8500 troops placed on heightened alert last week for a potential NATO deployment.
According to Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby, “Those 8500 are not currently being deployed, but remain ready to move if called for the NATO Response Force or at ease as directed by the Secretary or President.” Biden. Kirby said the Pentagon continues to review its force posture and the security situation in Europe and will make adjustments if and when they’re warranted. Karen Travers ABC News Washington
Roughly 85-hundred U.S. troops were put on standby for a possible deployment to Eastern Europe and the Baltic region.
However, no U.S. troops will be going to Ukraine because the country is not a NATO ally.