May 23, 2022

NATO official predicts thousands of troops will be moved to Eastern flank to further deter Russia

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues to escalate while the world grapples with what to do next. However, it looks like NATO may soon intervene in a more meaningful way.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is confident there will be more forces along the eastern flank soon, the Washington Examiner reported. Stoltenberg announced this at a news conference Wednesday ahead of a Thursday vote.

The leaders from NATO countries are meeting in Brussels and will deploy additional groups covering the territory from the Baltic to the Black Sea. The new units will be in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia.

“I expect allies will agree to provide additional support, including cybersecurity assistance, as well as equipment to help Ukraine protect against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats,” Stoltenberg said. In addition, NATO will attempt to keep Russians out of territories currently under threat, like Georgia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

President Joe Biden was among the other leaders at the meeting and had been ratcheting up his rhetoric against Russian President Vladimir Putin in recent days, calling him a “war criminal.” Biden has warned that Putin may also deploy chemical and biological agent attacks.

“Now he’s talking about new false flags he’s setting up, including asserting that we in America have biological as well as chemical weapons in Europe — simply not true,” Biden said. “They are also suggesting that Ukraine has biological and chemical weapons in Ukraine. That’s a clear sign he’s considering using both of those.”

Before departing for Brussels on Wednesday, Biden reiterated that a chemical attack from Russia could be imminent. “I think it’s a real threat,” he said.

The situation in Europe is precarious, and Putin is undoubtedly on the offensive with little to deter him until now. Sending NATO forces to the area is necessary, but it’s also a sign that this conflict is far from over.

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