The United States Department of Defense has placed some 8,500 soldiers on “high alert” so that, if necessary, they can act “firmly” to defend their interests against possible actions by Russia amid the escalation of tension in Moscow. and Ukraine.
“The United States will act firmly in defense of its national interests in response to actions by Russia that harm us, our allies or (our) partners,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told the media. according to the newspaper ‘The Hill’.
Thus, Kirby has recognized that the Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, “has arranged a variety of units in the United States in greater preparation for deployment, which increases our willingness to provide forces if NATO activates it (the Response Force ) or if other situations arise”.
However, Kirby has remarked that at the moment “no decision has been made on the deployment” and that the approved measures are, in any case, related to the preparation of troops.
“We are going to be ready, we are going to be prepared to help reinforce our allies with the capabilities they may need,” said the Pentagon spokesman, who has transferred that this possible mission will be to “reassure NATO’s eastern flank” .
This news comes as tensions around Ukraine have been heightened in recent months by a buildup of Russian troops near the border, which the United States and its allies have interpreted as preparation for a possible invasion.
In fact, a series of shipments of weapons material to Ukraine have been carried out from Washington as part of the White House security assistance project to strengthen the capabilities of the Ukrainian Army.
On the ground in Eastern Europe, the United States already has some 4,000 military personnel in Poland — plus 1,000 military personnel from other NATO countries — in addition to another 4,000 NATO military personnel present in the Baltic states. In addition, it has deployed RC-135 Rivet Joint espionage planes to monitor Russian communications and E-8 JSTARS planes to monitor Moscow’s troop movements.