As five European countries are sending planes, ships, and other war material to the East, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced that the aim is to strengthen the deterrence strategy in case of aggression against any allies.
“NATO will continue to take all necessary measures to protect and defend all Allies, including by reinforcing the eastern part of the Alliance,” Stoltenberg said in a statement, alluding to the border with Ukraine, according to The Telegraph of Jan. 24.
In this context, Denmark is sending a frigate and F-16 warplanes to the Baltic, Spain is reinforcing naval deployments and plans to deploy fighter jets, the Netherlands is contributing a “ship and land-based units on standby” for its rapid response force.
France will also provide troops under NATO command. The Netherlands will send two F-35 fighter jets, a ship, and ground units at the disposal of the organization’s Response Force.
For its part, the United States is also considering increasing its military presence in the eastern part of Europe, this time with 5,000 troops to be stationed in Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.
Notably, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said yesterday that the country had received another shipment of arms from the U.S. as part of $200 million worth of defensive aid.
“The second bird in Kyiv! More than 80 tons of weapons to strengthen Ukraine’s defense capabilities from our friends in the USA! And this is not the end,” Reznikov tweeted.
Some 90 tons of war material, including ammunition, from aid approved in December, arrived in Kyiv, the capital, the day before.
Additionally, the U.S. ordered the evacuation of diplomats’ family members in Ukraine. However, it allowed that option for diplomatic personnel deemed non-essential, as Western tensions with Russia escalate, according to The Telegraph.
Russia’s aggression is not very clear yet. In particular, it has limited itself to large military movements within the territory of its jurisdiction for months now, but without having announced any specific claims.
On this issue, the State Department said in a statement, “There are reports Russia is planning significant military action against Ukraine.”
“The security conditions, particularly along Ukraine’s borders, in Russia-occupied Crimea, and in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine, are unpredictable and can deteriorate with little notice.”
On the other hand, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office reported on Jan. 22 that its sources suggest Russia plans to install a gerrymandering ruler in Ukraine.
“We have information that indicates the Russian Government is looking to install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv as it considers whether to invade and occupy Ukraine,” a spokesman for the British agency said, according to Fox News. One possible candidate would be former Ukrainian MP Yevhen Murayev.