US, France promise additional troops to Romania if Russia invades Ukraine

The United States will send more troops to eastern European NATO members, including Poland or Romania, if Russian President Vladimir Putin moves forward with an invasion of Ukraine, President Joe Biden said Wednesday.

The president said the U.S. would not withdraw troops from former Warsaw Pact countries to de-escalate tensions with Russia. Moscow has demanded a pullback of troops.

Also, Wednesday President Emmanuel Macron said France is ready to contribute NATO troops to Romania, an announcement he made in front of military leaders at a command headquarters near Strasbourg.

„NATO solidarity ( is) very strong,” said Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday.

“The Romanian-French strategic partnership will be consolidated on the eastern flank around the Black Sea,” he said on Twitter as will the “strategic partnership between Romania and the U.S.”

Tensions have been growing in recent months amid a buildup of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border.

“We won’t permanently station,” said Biden, “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 moves because we have a sacred obligation on Article 5 to defend those countries, they are part of NATO.”

He also said he believes that Russia is preparing to take action on Ukraine, though he doesn’t think the Russian president has made a final decision. He suggested that he would limit Russia’s access to the international banking system if it did further invade Ukraine.

Former Romanian Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos called the French offer “a new guarantee” for Romania.

‘NATO asked Russia to accept the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia’ Mircea Geoana, deputy Sec. General


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