NATO, U.S. Prepare Troops as Russia-Ukraine on High Alert

- 26 January 2022 12:14 WIB
Moscow has also asked NATO never to recognize Ukraine. (Unsplash/Diego Gonzalez)
Moscow has also asked NATO never to recognize Ukraine. (Unsplash/Diego Gonzalez)

JAKARTADAILY.ID - NATO has decided to put troops on alert and bolster eastern Europe with ships and fighter jets, which Russia denounced as "hysteria" in the West over its troops on the Ukrainian border, Reuters reported Tuesday.

The US Department of Defense is joined by four NATO countries: Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania to declare about 8,500 American troops were alerted and waiting for orders to be deployed to the region, should Russia attack Ukraine.

Tensions rose after Russia decided to assign about 100,000 troops to reach the Ukrainian border, surrounding it from the north, east, and south regions. Moscow has also asked NATO never to recognize Ukraine and withdraw troops and weapons immediately.

President Joe Biden held an 80-minute video call with several European leaders on Monday to discuss the Ukraine crisis. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said, "We will always respond to any deterioration of our security environment, including through strengthening our collective defense."

The United States and the European Union told Russia they would face crippling punishment if they attacked again.

NATO has roughly 4,000 troops stationed in Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Poland, supported by tank, air defense, and intelligence and surveillance units, while Denmark, Spain, France, and the Netherlands are considering sending troops, planes, or ships to Eastern Europe.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told EU President Charles Michel, who also had a phone call with President Biden, that it was important for Kyiv that the EU showed strength and alliance.

"Ukraine will not fall for provocations, and together with its partners, will remain calm and restrained," President Zelensky's office said in a statement.

So far, the European Commission, the EU's executive body, proposed a 1.2 billion euro (US$1.36 billion) aid package to save Ukraine.

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Editor: M. A. Wahad

Source: Reuters

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