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Biden weighs deploying troops to Eastern Europe and Baltics

* Russia rejects UK Ukraine claim
U.S. soldiers of the NATO Extended Presence Battlegroup participated in a military exercise in Latvia last March.
U.S. soldiers of the NATO Extended Presence Battlegroup participated in a military exercise in Latvia last March.

US, RUSSIA: US President Joe Biden is considering deploying several thousand US troops, as well as warships and aircraft, to Nato allies in the Baltics and Eastern Europe, an expansion of American military involvement amid mounting fears of a Russian incursion into Ukraine, according to administration officials. The move would signal a major pivot for the Biden administration, which up until recently was taking a restrained stance on Ukraine, out of fear of provoking Russia into invading. But as Russian President Vladimir Putin has ramped up his threatening actions toward Ukraine, and talks between American and Russian officials have failed to discourage him, the administration is now moving away from its do-not-provoke strategy.

In a meeting at Camp David on Saturday, the Presidential retreat in Maryland, senior Pentagon officials presented Biden with several options that would shift American military assets much closer to Putin's doorstep, the administration officials said. The options include sending 1,000 to 5,000 troops to Eastern European countries, with the potential to increase that number tenfold if things deteriorate.

Meanwhile, Russia on Sunday rejected the claim made by the UK Government saying it did not provide corroboration to back it up.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Liz Truss had said Russia is looking to replace the government of Ukraine with a pro-Moscow administration.

According to Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, “The disinformation spread by the British Foreign Office is more evidence that it is the NATO countries, led by the Anglo-Saxons, who are escalating tensions around Ukraine.” “We call on the British Foreign Office to stop provocative activities, stop spreading nonsense.”

- THE STRAITS TIMES


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