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March 8, 2022updated 23 Mar 2022 4:42am

US to deploy 500 additional troops in Europe amid Ukraine crisis

The deployment will include KC-135 refuelling aircraft to provide refuelling support.

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The US is set to send 500 additional personnel to Europe to further strengthen its presence in the region, amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Pentagon spokesman John F Kirby said that the additional troops will join existing deployments in Europe to strengthen Nato defences on the eastern flank, as well as deter Russia from expanding the conflict.

He further added that the troop movement is a temporary measure.

Kirby was quoted as saying: “[We’re] going to adjust our posture continuously as the conditions require. And as [President Joe Biden] has noted before, we are not, and will not, send forces into Ukraine.”

The US started moving more troops to Europe after Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine.

The latest deployment will include KC-135 refuelling aircraft out of the Fairfield Air Force Base, in Spokane, Washington, to Souda Bay in Greece, with nearly 150 personnel to provide refuelling support.

The deployment will also include a 40-person air and support operations centre, from Fort Stewart, Georgia.

Approximately 300 additional personnel will move to Germany to offer additional logistic support to the first Armored Brigade Combat Team 3rd Infantry Division already stationed there.

Nato-member and Baltic state Latvia has sought a permanent presence of US troops in the country amid rising security concerns, reported Reuters.

In a joint news conference with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said that the country ‘would be very happy’ to host US personnel permanently.

Another Baltic state and Latvian neighbour, Lithuania, is planning to increase defence expenditure this year to more than 2.5% of GDP.

It originally planned to spend $1.31bn, or 2.05% of GDP, in 2022.

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