Biden warns Putin that the U.S. will be ‘involved’ if he moves into NATO: Still insists he won’t send American forces to fight Russia in Ukraine but deploys 7,000 more troops and military firepower to Germany
- President Joe Biden ordered more troops to Europe on Thursday as he promised to defend NATO territory
- The Pentagon said it was sending an armored brigade combat team of 7000 troops from the US to Germany
- In a White House speech Biden insisted US forces would not fight Russian troops in Ukraine
- ”If he did move into NATO countries we will be involved,’ he said
President Joe Biden on Thursday warned Vladimir Putin that U.S. forces will defend NATO territory if he broadens his assault beyond Ukraine, and said he was ordering more troops to Europe.
Soon after he spoke the Pentagon said 7000 extra personnel and hardware were being deployed to Germany.
In a White House speech, Biden slapped a new round of sanctions on Russia and promised that Putin’s country would bear the consequences of his aggression against Ukraine.
He said American forces would not engage with Russian troops in Ukraine.
‘Our forces are not going to Europe to fight in Ukraine, but to defend our NATO allies and reassure those allies in the east,’ he said.
‘As I made crystal clear, the United States will defend every inch of NATO territory with the full force of American power.’
President Joe Biden ordered more troops to Europe on Thursday and warned Russia US forces will defend NATO territory
kraine’s government in Kyiv reported mounting casualties as Russian forces attack from the east, north and south
Russian tanks move across the town of Armyansk, northern Crimea, after Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine
In a question-and-answer session with reporters, he was asked if that meant American soldiers would fight if Russia attacked NATO territory.
‘If he did move into NATO countries we will be involved,’ he said. ‘We will be involved.’
He delivered his remarks as Ukraine’s government in Kyiv reported mounting casualties as Russian forces attack from the east, north and south.
Biden also held a virtual meeting with the leaders from Britain, Canada, France, Italy and Japan, as well as figures from the European Union and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
‘Now I’m authorizing additional US force capabilities to deploy to Germany as part of NATO’s response, including some the US-based forces that the Department of Defence placed on standby weeks ago,’ said Biden.
Moments later a Pentagon official briefed journalists that the secretary of defense had ordered the deployment of 7,000 US service members to Europe. It will comprise an armored brigade, said the official