US President Joe Biden has confirmed that additional troops will be sent to Europe amid fears of conflict between Russia and Ukraine (Credit: Getty)
The move comes amid fears over a potential conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
What has the US said?
President Biden has made the move to deploy more troops in an attempt to send a “strong signal” to President Putin.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said: “It’s important that we send a strong signal to Mr Putin and, frankly, to the world that Nato matters to the United States and it matters to our allies.
He continued: “This force is designed to deter aggression and enhance our defensive capabilities in frontline allied states.
“We expect them to move in coming days.”
Alongside the 3,000 deployed troops, around 8,500 troops back in the US have been put on heightened alert to be ready to deploy at any moment.
While troops will be stationed in Poland, Germany and Romania, the US has confirmed it will not fight within Ukraine itself.
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss made a similar statement about the conflict, saying British troops were “very unlikely” to have a direct involvement in any conflict.
Instead, the Pentagon confirmed that the US troops are being deployed to bolster the defence of US allies.
What has Russia said?
Russia previously asked for assurance that Ukraine will not join the Nato Defence Alliance - which the West has rejected.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the US of trying to drag Russia into a war with Ukraine, and has repeatedly denied accusations of invasion plans despite positioning more than 100,000 Russian troops at the Ukrainian border.
President Putin said: “It seems to me that the United States is not so much concerned about the security of Ukraine... but its main task is to contain Russia’s development. In this sense Ukraine itself is just a tool to reach this goal.”
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