President Joe Biden is now reportedly considering whether or not to send significant amounts of American troops to NATO allied nations in eastern Europe, including several that have borders with Russia, as tensions in the region soar.

Context: The move comes as Russia continues to buildup its forces along its border with Ukraine, including in Belarus. Many experts now believe that Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin is likely planning a full or partial invasion of the country in order to achieve his country’s security goals. Chief among them being preventing Ukraine from ever joining the NATO alliance or hosting significant numbers of U.S. troops or weaponry in the future.

The U.S. has so far refused to grant Russia official assurances that Ukraine will not be added to NATO in the future, further ratcheting up tensions between the countries.

The Details: In response to the very real threat of a major war in Europe for the first time since the war in Yugoslavia in the early and mid 1990’s, Biden is now considering a range of options, including sending thousands of U.S. troops to NATO allies such as Estonia that share a border with Russia as a sign of reassurance.

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