NYT: US Considers Deploying 50,000 Troops to Europe
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Citing anonymous sources, the newspaper reported that “The White House is currently mulling over plans to deploy between 1,000 and 5,000 troops, with the potential to increase this number tenfold if the situation deteriorates.”
The options were reportedly presented to the president by the US War Department on Saturday, at a meeting at Camp David, and it is alleged that Biden could decide this week.
Plans for a possible American deployment to Europe come as Russia is accused of massing more than 100,000 troops on the border with Ukraine, with some believing a military incursion is around the corner. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied suggestions it plans to invade, staying that it has the right to move military on its own land as it sees fit.
There was no mention of American troops being deployed to Ukraine itself.
Western nations, including the US, have warned Moscow of dire consequences in the event of an invasion of Ukraine, including severe economic sanctions that could cripple the Russian economy. Last Wednesday, the US president admitted that there are differences in opinion over the best way to punish the Kremlin but promised that the US-led NATO bloc would “impose severe costs on Russia and the Russian economy.”