The US President Joe Biden has announced today that he has ordered 2,000 troops to Eastern Europe in the “coming days.”
US officials told CNN that the deployment of the 2,000 troops will be sent to Poland and a few thousand more to Romania and other countries in the NATO area.
This move will be a show of support to NATO’s allies who are threatened by Russia’s actions near the Ukrainian border and in Belarus and Crimea.
The Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to speak with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to try an cool down tensions, however Russian officials do not “trust British diplomacy.”
Russia’s Deputy UN Ambassador, Dmitry Polyanskiy, told Sky News, “There is always room for diplomacy, but frankly, we don’t trust British diplomacy.
“I think in recent years British diplomacy has shown that it is absolutely worthless.
“I really don’t want to offend anybody, especially my good friends, British diplomats, but really, the results are nothing to boast about.”
A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) spokesperson said the Foreign Secretary Lizz Truss had spoken to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
They said the Foreign Secretary reiterated the UK’s “unwavering support for Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression.”
“She expressed her deep disappointment at being unable to travel to Ukraine this week, but hopes to reschedule her visit soon and said she plans to visit Moscow shortly,” the spokesperson added.
“Both agreed that European and Nato allies need to present a robust and united front to Russia.
Announcing the deployment, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said, “I want to be very clear about something: these are not permanent moves… Moreover, these forces are not going to fight in Ukraine.
“They are going to ensure the robust defence of our NATO allies.”