President Biden is sending about 3,000 troops to eastern Europe to assist NATO allies amid Russia-Ukraine tension.
The announcement is the first major movement of American forces as Russia has amassed more than 100,000 troops on Ukraine’s border.
“At the President’s direction and following Secretary Austin’s recommendation, the Department of Defense will reposition certain Europe-based units further east, forward deploy additional U.S.-based units to Europe, and maintain the heightened state of readiness of response forces to meet these commitments,” a senior Biden administration official told Fox News.
Around 2,000 troops from Fort Bragg, North Carolina will be sent to Poland and Germany and about 1,000 troops part of a Germany-based infantry Stryker will move to Romania, the officials said.
“These forces are not going to fight in Ukraine. They are not permanent moves. They respond to current conditions,” the official added.
The Pentagon is expected to announce the troops will deploy “in the coming days” to support NATO allies, an official told CNN.
This is a developing story.
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