Recent moves suggest the United States and its allies are anticipating conflict with Russia in Ukraine, as NATO announced Monday fighter jets and ships would be deployed to eastern Europe.
The move comes as the United States has ordered families of U.S. Embassy personnel in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv to start evacuating in the face of a possible invasion by Russia.
Denmark announced four F-16 fighters would be deployed to Lithuania and that it would sail a frigate to the Baltic Sea, according to Fox News.
The Netherlands also promised it would send two F-35 fighter jets to Bulgaria in April, meanwhile. Spain has said it’s considering sending fighter jets to Bulgaria and will deploy ships to the area.
In addition, France said it was ready to deploy troops to Romania.
“NATO will continue to take all necessary measures to protect and defend all Allies, including by reinforcing the eastern part of the Alliance,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
“We will always respond to any deterioration of our security environment, including through strengthening our collective defence.”
Allies are sending more ships & jets to enhance #NATO defensive deployments in eastern Europe. A strong sign of allied solidarity.
— Oana Lungescu (@NATOpress) January 24, 2022
While Russia claims it’s not aiming to invade Ukraine, the country has been massing troops on its eastern border of the country.
In addition, talks between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva Friday went badly, by all accounts.
While Russia sought assurances NATO wouldn’t expand, NATO has balked at that, saying any country can join the alliance without posing any threat to Russia.
Blinken tried to put a good face on the talks, telling the press afterwards that the meeting provided a “clearer path of understanding each others’ concerns,” according to CNN.
However, he warned a Russian invasion of Ukraine “met with a severe and a united response.”
As for what the negotiations yielded, CNN reported the sides agreed on almost nothing except to keep talking.
However, those talks happen as the security situation deteriorates and Russia’s military moves indicate some kind of conflict with Ukraine is imminent — a conflict which would be interpreted by the world as not only an attack on Ukraine but also on the United States and NATO, which have drawn a red line for Moscow.
Will Vladimir Putin cross that line? It may all depend on how serious he thinks President Joe Biden and his allies are about defending Ukraine’s sovereignty.