According to a report from NBC News, President Biden might announce during his trip to Europe this week a plan to permanently maintain an increased number of troops in NATO countries near Ukraine.
The report cited four people “familiar with the discussions” who said Biden recently reviewed options for permanent increases in US troops in Eastern Europe. The sources said that Poland is a possible location for additional forces, where Biden will visit on Friday after attending an emergency NATO meeting in Brussels scheduled for Thursday.
“We are looking at additional troop posture adjustments,” a Biden administration official told NBC. “At the summit, we expect NATO leaders to review the alliance’s current deterrent and defensive force posture.”
Since January, the US has deployed tens of thousands of troops to Europe, and the US now has 100,000 troops operating on the continent, the highest number since 2005. According to Stars and Stripes, there are currently about 10,000 US troops in Poland, more than half of which were deployed recently.
While Biden has maintained US troops won’t enter Ukraine to fight Russia, the US and NATO are risking provoking Russia by pouring weapons into Ukraine via the Polish-Ukrainian border. Earlier this month, Russia launched missiles at a Ukrainian base only 15 miles away from the border, which housed foreign volunteers. The strike was a clear message to the US and NATO but hasn’t deterred the Western powers from pledging more arms to the Ukrainians.