President Joe Biden is reportedly weighing deploying U.S. troops to NATO allies over tension in Ukraine and warns Russia of a “severe” response to the invasion, while State Dept. has ordered the evacuation of Americans there.
Biden weighing deploying U.S. troops to NATO over Ukraine
President Joe Biden is reportedly considering the deployment of U.S. troops to NATO allies in Ukraine as tensions increase with Russia and concerns rise that Moscow is planning an invasion of Ukraine, The Hill reported.
According to a report by the New York Times, which cited unidentified administration officials, Biden is considering deploying American troops to assist Allied countries in the Baltics and Eastern Europe.
According to the unnamed officials, the president could deploy between 1000 and 5000 troops to eastern European countries while reserving the option of increasing the number tenfold if the situation in the region unravels.
The move comes as talks between Washington and Moscow appear to be at a standstill.
U.S. orders Americans to evacuate Ukraine
FOX REPORTED THAT the U.S. State Department had ordered the evacuation of American citizens in Ukraine as the threat of Russian invasion mounts.
“Due to the continued threat of Russian military action … U.S. citizens in Ukraine should consider departing now using commercial or other privately available transportation options,” the State Department said in the travel advisory, adding that security conditions in Ukraine can’t “deteriorate with little notice.”
“U.S. citizens in Ukraine should be aware that Russian military action anywhere in Ukraine would severely impact the U.S. Embassy’s ability to provide consular services, including assistance to U.S. citizens in departing Ukraine,” the advisory read.
The State Department ordered the families of diplomats to leave the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, as well as non-emergency employees, on Sunday afternoon, ABC reported.
State Dept warns Russia: “Severe” response if “single additional Russian force” enters Ukraine
Concerns are growing that Moscow is planning to invade Ukraine as Russia has amassed over 100,000 troops near the Ukrainian border, The Hill reported.
In an interview with CNN on Sunday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken voiced a warning to Moscow that the United States and its European allies if the Russian military invades Ukraine.
“If a single additional Russian force goes into Ukraine in an aggressive way, as I said, that would trigger a swift, a severe and a united response from us and from Europe,” Blinken said.