United States spy planes are scouting the build up of Russian forces at its Ukrainian border to see if Russian President Vladimir Putin is deploying tactical nuclear weapons to the theater, The New York Times reported Sunday.
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According to the report, Russian officials have signaled that the use of such weapons may be an option as it prepares for an invasion of the Ukraine.
It is just one of the sobering developments this week as tensions in the region grow, and the United States plans to deploy thousands of troops to the area, including Poland.
“We’re going to actually increase troop presence in Poland, in Romania, et cetera, if in fact he moves,” President Joe Biden said during a press conference last week. “They are part of NATO.”
According to reports, this could mean between 1,000 to 5,000 troops.
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In a televised interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday, Secretary Anthony Blinken said the U.S. and NATO are looking to beef up defense capabilities should Putin make a move into the Ukraine.
“Even as we’re engaged in diplomacy, we are very much focused on building up defense, building up deterrence,” Blinken said in the interview. “NATO itself will continue to be reinforced in a significant way if Russia commits renewed acts of aggression. All of that is on the table.”
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The military maneuvers, along with the state department ordering U.S. diplomats and their families to leave the Ukraine in case of Russian military aggression, show a change in the stance from the Biden administration from restraint and threatening severe economic sanctions to a more proactive military posture with NATO. Continue reading at Newsmax.