The Pentagon is considering deploying more troops to Eastern Europe.
This is separate from the 8,500 troops that were put on high alert last week.
The Pentagon said on Monday it is in active discussions with Eastern European allies about possible U.S. troop deployments to NATO’s eastern flank, as Washington moves to reassure jittery NATO allies in the face of a Russian military buildup near Ukraine.
Any decisions on new troop movements would be separate from the some 8,500 forces in the United States who were put on alert last week to potentially bolster a NATO rapid response force, the Pentagon said, adding context to President Joe Biden’s comments on Friday about potential near-term deployments to Eastern Europe.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the troops that Biden was referring on Friday to could potentially be redeployed from within Europe.
“We’re going through the rigorous work of providing options for the commander in chief should he decide to do that … in close consultation with the actual allies themselves,” Kirby said.
This comes after the Pentagon warned that Russia could invade Ukraine “at any time.”
The U.S. Department of Defense’s top spokesman warned Sunday that Russia could invade Ukraine “at any time” and claimed there are a number of ways to do so at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s disposal.
“Putin has a lot of options available to him if he wants to further invade Ukraine, and he can execute some of those options imminently,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said in a “Fox News Sunday” interview.
Top Defense Department officials share a grim outlook of the immediate future, he added, pointing to Russian troops massed along the Ukraine-Russia border as well as the number of troops in Belarus, also located next to Ukraine. He also cited Russian ships positioned in the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
“It doesn’t have to come to conflict. We still believe there’s room and space for diplomacy, and we’d like to see that be the solution here,” Kirby said.
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