Up to approximately 8.5 thousand US troops have been put on high alert to be able to move quickly to Europe, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Monday. He added that no final decision on their dispatch had yet been made.
Kirby announced that selected US units would be sent to Europe in the event that NATO mobilized the Alliance’s Response Force (rapid reaction force) in the face of the build-up of Russian troops near the border with Ukraine. The contingent would include, inter alia, Brigade Combat Teams (BCT), logistic, medical, aviation and intelligence forces.
Pegnagon spokesman: we are ready to strengthen our allies on the eastern flank
Kirby also said that the US is consulting with its allies on additional needs on NATO’s eastern flank.
– I do not have any decisions to be announced at the moment when it comes to specific locations. But we have certainly made it clear to our eastern flank allies that we are prepared to strengthen their capabilities if they need to, he said. As he emphasized, in this case it is about additional forces that the USA would send unilaterally and not within the framework of the NATO Response Force.
Russia has concentrated over 100,000 soldiers on the border with Ukraine. Experts and Western countries talk about the growing threat of Russian aggression against this country.
Although Russia denied planning an invasion, it did not withdraw its forces from near the border with Ukraine. In response to the West’s demands for the de-escalation of tensions, she presented a list of proposals for “security guarantees”, in which she demands from the US and NATO countries, inter alia, not to accept Ukraine into the Alliance, and to withdraw contingents from member states in Eastern Europe.
On Monday, the North Atlantic Alliance announced that “NATO forces are on standby and are sending additional ships and fighters to bases in eastern Europe, thus enhancing deterrence and allied defense as Russia continues to accumulate forces around Ukraine.”
Main photo source: US Army photo by Elena Baladelli