Biden sends troops to countries bordering Russia — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

US transfers forces from elsewhere in Europe to Baltic states to bolster NATO defenses

President Joe Biden has announced plans to transfer some of the US Army’s European forces to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, bolstering NATO’s northeast flank after Russia officially recognized the People’s Republics’ sovereignty separatists from Donetsk and Luhansk.

Biden announced the military maneuver on Tuesday, as he delivered a scathing speech accusing Russia of trying to gobble up its neighbor’s territory and announcing new sanctions. The Pentagon reportedly said 800 troops would be moved to the Baltic region from Italy, while eight F-35 jets would be moved to Eastern Europe from Germany. In addition, 32 Apache helicopters will be transferred to Poland from Germany and Greece.

The moves come a day after President Vladimir Putin announced Russia’s recognition of the People’s Republics of Donetsk (DPR) and Luhansk (LPR) as sovereign nations and suggested troops could be sent on peacekeeping missions. of peace in the separatist territories. Russian lawmakers on Tuesday granted Putin’s request for permission to potentially deploy forces abroad.

“It sets up a justification for taking more territory by force, in my opinion,” Biden told reporters at the White House. “And if we listen to his speech last night – and many of you did, I know – he sets up a rationale to go much further.”

Biden, who also announced economic sanctions against Moscow, called Putin’s moves in the Donbass “the beginning of a Russian invasion of Ukraine”. He added that the United States had “no intention of fighting Russia”, but he stressed that America and its allies “will defend every square inch of NATO territory.”

The statement was consistent with previous claims that US forces would not be deployed to fight the Russians in Ukraine, which is not a NATO member, but the president said additional sanctions would be imposed if the situation escalated. worsened.

“Who in the name of the Lord does Putin think gives him the right to declare new so-called countries on territory that belonged to his neighbors?” Biden asked. “This is a flagrant violation of international law and demands a strong response from the international community.”

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