As the conflict in Ukraine continues to escalate, and world leaders strategize over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s potential next moves, President Joe Biden ordered 7,000 more American troops to Germany to assist with NATO defense operations, as The Hill reported.
Biden’s announcement came after Jens Stoltenberg, secretary-general of NATO, indicated that the alliance had set its defense plans into action on the recommendation of Gen. Tod Wolters, head of U.S. European Command.
A statement from the Defense Department indicated that the deployment “would comprise an armored brigade combat team with associated capabilities and enablers” that will “deploy to Germany to reassure NATO allies, deter Russian aggression and be prepared to support a range of requirements in the region,” as Breitbart noted.
According to the Military Times, the majority of the latest group of deployed troops will be sent from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division of Fort Stewart, Georgia and will be accompanied by supporting units.
Portions of the brigade are among the 8,500 soldiers the administration placed on prepare-to-deploy status earlier in the month when it became increasingly apparent that Russia had plans to invade Ukraine.
The dispatch of this group of soldiers adds to the 5,000 American troops already sent to Europe this month and the existing 80,000 already stationed in Europe, with some of the latter group already having been moved eastward as a result of growing tensions in the region.
Just in the past month, troops in the thousands have been deployed as well as repositioned to more eastern locales, including Romania, Poland, Germany, as well as the Baltics, as The Hill noted.
In explaining the situation, Biden declared, “Our forces are not going to Europe to fight in Ukraine but to defend our NATO allies and reassure those allies in the east. As I made crystal clear, the United States will defend every inch of NATO territory with the full force of American power.”
Biden also indicated that he has discussed with Defense Department chiefs the potential to make “additional moves” if required to protect NATO allies “and support the greatest military alliance in the history of the world,” and given the uncertainty surrounding Russian President Vladimir Putin’s strategic intentions, it seems quite plausible that adjustments will indeed be in the offing.