Russia has decided they want to play hardball. They’ve sent thousands of troops to the outskirts of their borders nearest Ukraine. While they haven’t invaded yet, the threat is clearly in position. And as far as Vladimir Putin is concerned, it’s none of our business what he’s doing inside of his own borders.
While that may be true, Ukraine is an ally. And to send Russian troops into the country is inexcusable.
European nations have tried to de-escalate the position. The U.S. has tried to de-escalate the position.
Now, it seems that the only way to get the situation handled is by force. While there are still a few last-ditch efforts to try to handle things in a peaceful, diplomatic way, military troops are preparing for the very real possibility of being deployed to Eastern Europe.
We’ve been in a holding pattern for a while to see what Russia will do. They could choose to invade Ukraine at any time. Biden announced late last week that he will send troops to Eastern European NATO members including Romania and Poland if Russia decides to move forward.
In a news conference, it was made clear that withdrawing troops from former Soviet countries isn’t an option. Withdrawing the troops could de-escalate the tensions with Russia, though it shows weakness.
It’s nice to see that we’re not going to run away like cowards. “We won’t permanently station, but the idea we’re not going to we’re going to actually increase troop presence in Poland or Romania, et cetera, if, in fact, he [Putin] moves because we have a sacred obligation on Article 5 to defend those countries, they are part of NATO.”
Well, that’s good that we’re not going to leave an ally high and try. However, it could mean that U.S. troops could end up seeing frontline battles if Russia invades Ukraine. We’ll see who has the better military – though it’s better to simply assume that we have a stronger one as opposed to putting it to the test against the Russians.
We don’t know what’s going to happen, but Biden is expecting that he’ll move in.
Biden has already tried to have the discussions with Putin. Yet, Putin is still not budging in terms of removing his troops from the borders or offering any kind of reasoning as to why they’re positioned there in the first place.
We could be looking at war if things go south.
Antony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State, will be traveling this week to work with his Russian counterpart to de-escalate the position. And, Blinken will be meeting with some of his counterparts throughout Russia to determine what action needs to be taken if Russia decides to move forward.
In the meantime, many military troops are receiving orders and being told to stand by to be deployed. It ensures that we’re in position if and when Russia gives the order to invade Ukraine.
As Biden has said, “there’s a question of whether the people they’re talking to know what he’s going to do.” Essentially, it means that Putin is a wildcard and even those closest to the Russian president may not know the full plan.
Biden has warned of sanctions. He’s warned of military action. It’s not phasing him in the least, so we have nothing left to do but to send troops to where they need to go.
Blinken has said, “We need to see where we are and see if there remain opportunities to pursue the diplomacy and pursue the dialogue.” Perhaps we’ll know more about the path that must be taken by the end of the week.