Joe Biden will move US troops into Eastern Europe. 8,500 troops are on “high alert” and could be deployed soon to some NATO-allied territories.
“I will move American troops to Eastern Europe and to NATO countries. It won’t be too many,” Biden said upon arrival at an air base in Maryland.
However, Washington believes that diplomacy and de-escalation are still possible, said Lloyd Austin, Secretary of Defense of the United States, at a press conference.
“President Putin can also do the right thing. There is no reason for this situation to turn into a conflict. He can choose de-escalation. He can order his troops to withdraw. He can choose dialogue and diplomacy. Whatever he decides America will stand with our allies and partners.”
French President Emmanuel Macron called Putin, according to Elysee sources, to present a de-escalation route, but for now Russia maintains its deployment of some 100,000 soldiers near the border with Ukraine.