The New York Times reported on Sunday that President Biden is considering deploying thousands of troops, as well as warships and aircraft, to NATO countries in the Baltics and Eastern Europe amid heightened tensions with Russia over Ukraine.
Citing unnamed administration officials, the Times report said Pentagon officials presented Biden with several options to send more military assets close to Russia. The options include sending 1,000 to 5,000 troops to the region with potential plans to increase the numbers tenfold if “things deteriorate.”
Biden is expected to make a decision on the deployment as early as this week. At this point, there are no plans to send more troops to Ukraine. The US currently has an undisclosed number of special operations forces and about 100 National Guard soldiers stationed in Ukraine.
If Biden decides to send more troops to countries that border Russia it would show Russian President Vladimir Putin that the US is not taking his security concerns seriously. Putin wants guarantees that NATO won’t expand further eastward and wants limits on the deployment of US and NATO troops near Russia.
On Friday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss Ukraine and Putin’s security proposals. Blinken said that the US will provide Russia with a written response to its security demands this week.