Biden will move troops to Eastern Europe, Ukraine dismisses US claims
US President Joe Biden contradicted his earlier statements concerning deployment, aiming to move troops to Eastern Europe. However, his eagerness for war is doing Ukraine more harm than good.
President Biden announced on Friday his plans to move US troops to Eastern European and NATO countries “in the near term.”
Although “not too many” US troops, Biden emphasized in remarks to reporters at Joint Base Andrew after returning from his trip to Pennsylvania.
On that note, 8,500 US troops have been placed on "heightened preparedness to deploy" to assist NATO if necessary, the Pentagon stated earlier.
It is worth noting that Biden had previously stated earlier on Tuesday that he does not foresee US troops moving into Ukraine.
That said, one can't help but ask - why is the United States so eager for war?
Zelensky questions US warnings
President Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky discussed during a call just how "imminent" the threat of a Russian invasion might be, according to three sources briefed on the call.
What does that mean?
Biden has previously stated that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin will "move in" to Ukraine, and White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated on Thursday afternoon that "an invasion could come at any time."
The Ukrainian government, concerned about the impact of such statements on the economy and public morale, has maintained that the threat of an invasion is real, but not any more so than in previous months.
On that note, while the US threatens to invade 'in support' of Ukraine, does the latter even want a war?
Russia, the US' scarecrow
Moreover, when Zelensky raised the White House's warnings of an "imminent" threat, Biden emphasized the possibility that Russia will invade once the "ground freezes", and he explained why the US is sending so much weaponry.
The White House has denied a CNN report that Biden said an invasion was "virtually certain," but has stated that he reiterated Russia's "clear intention to invade in February" without offering substantial proof.
While the White House continues to promote war, the Kremlin signaled on Thursday that the security proposals formally presented by the US and NATO yesterday do not address Russia's "fundamental" concerns.
The Russian situation
Moscow has stated that if its demands are not met regarding NATO's military expansion into the East and the attempts to include Ukraine into the Organization, it will resort to a "military-technical" solution, but it has repeatedly denied any intention of invading Ukraine.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday that negotiations with the West on security guarantees are not over yet and Russia will not allow anyone to ignore its interests, maintaining that the West will not be able to evade the implementation of Moscow's conditions regarding the principle of indivisible security.
He added that the constructive points in the Western response to the security guarantees initiative depend on previous Russian proposals. He warned that Russia will take retaliatory measures in case no agreement is reached with the West on the principles of ensuring security in Europe.
He pointed out that he does not rule out the presence of sides who want to drag Kyiv to war with Moscow, at a time when the former does not control part of its forces, stressing that the war will not erupt if this depends on Russia.