The Pentagon is transferring up to eight F-35 fighter jets and a slew of different warplanes to Eastern Europe, the Baltics and Poland to shore up assist for NATO allies following what President Biden referred to as the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
At the route of the president, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III additionally ordered an infantry battalion process pressure — some 800 troops — to the Baltics, in accordance to a senior Defense Department official. All of the troops and warplanes have been already within the European theater, the official mentioned.
The newest orders come because the Biden administration and its European allies referred to as the Kremlin’s recognition of two separatist areas of Ukraine a defiance of worldwide regulation. Mr. Biden on Tuesday joined European leaders in imposing financial sanctions towards Russia for what he termed as a violation of Ukraine’s nationwide sovereignty.
The Pentagon mentioned the extra forces are being repositioned to “reassure our NATO allies, deter any potential aggression against NATO member states, and train with host-nation forces.” The Biden administration has mentioned that it doesn’t intend to ship troops into Ukraine, which isn’t a member of the alliance.
The deployments embrace the motion of up to eight F-35 fighters from Germany to a number of working places alongside NATO’s so-called “eastern flank” in Eastern Europe, a battalion of 20 assault helicopters from Germany to the Baltics, and an assault aviation process pressure of 12 helicopters from Greece to Poland.
Mr. Biden has already deployed 3,000 further American troops to Poland and Romania.