United States put 8,500 soldiers on increased readiness

WAccording to the Department of Defense, the American government has put around 8,500 soldiers in the United States on increased standby due to the Ukraine crisis. Ministry spokesman John Kirby emphasized on Monday, however, that a decision on moving these troops to Europe had not yet been made. The relevant units had been put on increased readiness on the instructions of US President Joe Biden and on the recommendation of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

“As such, they are prepared to respond to a range of contingencies, including supporting the NATO Response Force should it activate,” Kirby said. NATO decides whether to activate this “NATO Response Force” (NRF). In connection with the increased readiness, Kirby spoke of “reinsurance for our NATO allies”.

Normandy format revived

The New York Times reported that Biden was considering relocating warships and planes to NATO allies in the Baltics and Eastern Europe and sending several thousand US soldiers. The United States has tens of thousands of soldiers stationed in Europe, even outside of times of crisis.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned Russian President Vladimir Putin against invading Ukraine. The secret service findings about a Russian troop deployment on the Ukrainian border are very clear, Johnson said on Monday. “Everyone can see the plan for a blitzkrieg that could eliminate Kiev.”

“We have to make it very clear to the Kremlin, Russia, that it would be a disastrous move,” Johnson said. From a Russian perspective, too, this would be a “painful, violent and bloody affair,” the prime minister warned. He announced that he would speak to international partners. They are also in the process of preparing economic sanctions.


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