Biden said Friday he plans to move troops to Eastern Europe “in the near term” as Russia amasses forces along the border.
“I’ll be moving troops to Eastern Europe and the NATO countries in the near term — not a lot,” Biden told reporters after returning to Joint Base Andrews.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment when asked for more context on the president’s remarks.
The Pentagon placed 8,500 U.S. military personnel on heightened alert earlier this week for possible deployment.
Russia has amassed more than 100,000 troops along Ukraine’s border, and over the past week has started to deploy forces to neighboring Belarus for what it has described as military exercises.
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