The Biden administration placed thousands of U.S. soldiers on high alert Monday following deteriorating negotiations in Eastern Europe and the potential invasion of Russian forces into Ukraine.
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby spoke about the U.S.’s current level of responsiveness to the situation. He assured the global community of America’s “commitment to NATO and to the NATO Response Force.” He added that the U.S. had entered a state of “heightened preparedness” to react to any developments in the situation.
“All told,” secretary Kirby added, “about 8,500 personnel” have been placed on high alert to aid NATO should Russia follow through with the threats of its ultimatum for a retreat of NATO power from its borders. The recent move by the Biden administration follows the amassment of an estimated 100,000 Russian soldiers along the Ukrainian border.
Russia, led by ‘president’ Vladimir Putin has demanded that NATO dismantle its military bases in Eastern Europe and not allow Ukraine to enter the NATO alliance. NATO responded to Russia by explaining that their demands are complete nonstarters.
According to a report by the Associated Press, NATO has already started to bolster its deterrence in the Baltic Sea, with Denmark issuing F-16 warplanes to Lithuania as well as a frigate. Spain is also supplying Bulgaria with jets and warships in the Black Sea to meet up with NATO naval forces, and France has prepared troops for deployment to Romania.
NATO’s Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg said Monday that the organization’s primary goal is to prevent a military conflict from playing out in Ukraine.
Stoltenberg said that NATO’s message to Russia is “if they once again decide to use force against Ukraine, it will come with a high costs for Russia. Economic, financial, political sanction[s].”
President Biden ordered all families of American personnel living at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine to immediately depart the country last weekend.
BuzzFeed News reported on Monday that a source close to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the president “does not think there’s any remotely imminent threat to Kyiv.” They added “The fact that the US was the first one to announce this is extremely disappointing and quite frankly these Americans are safer in Kyiv than they are in Los Angeles … or any other crime-ridden city in the US.” The statement is a serious critique of Democrat-run America where criminals live without consequence in many major cities.
The source also added, “On the one hand, [Washington tells Ukraine] how we should democratize… then Russia turns up the temperature and they’re the first to leave.”
The source claims that Zelensky sees Biden’s panicky response as “utterly ridiculous” and a clear sign of “U.S. inconsistency.”
Author: Mark Johnson