International 02/02/2022

Biden to send 3,000 troops to Eastern Europe

One thousand will go to Romania and another 2,000 to Poland

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Biden makes the same gesture as one of America's Founding Fathers during a press conference at the White House on January 19.

Tension is growing in Eastern Europe: President Joe Biden has formally approved the deployment of more U.S. military personnel to the area due to tensions with Russia. Some 2,000 troops will go to Poland and Germany, and a thousand will be stationed in Romania. The moves will take place, according to U.S. officials, "in the next few days."

The announcement comes hours after Putin reappeared in public for the first time since 2021. This Tuesday, the Russian leader broke thesilence he had maintained since the conflict in Ukraine started escalating. The message was clear. He criticised that the West, especially the United States, was ignoring Russia's demands for security in Eastern Europe. "The United States has ignored our main demands," the Kremlin strongman stressed during the press conference following his meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

The Pentagon's official announcement is expected to come at a press conference due to take place later this Wednesday. Although Moscow has repeatedly stated that it does not want a war with Kiev and that it is not threatening Ukraine, the United States considers a Russian attack in the area to be "imminent". In fact, the announcement of the dispatch of 3,000 US troops to Eastern Europe in the wake of the tension with Russia is the latest chapter in a crisis that has been dragging on for weeks and seems to have no way of stopping, despite the fact that diplomats are working around the clock. In the last month, more than 100,000 Russian troops have been massed on the Ukrainian border. In addition to the deployment approved today, the United States has some 8,500 additional troops on "high alert" in case further reinforcements are needed.

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