Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin briefed President Joe Biden on Saturday US options for responding If Russia occupied UkraineAs well as options for U.S. military moves prior to the invasion, according to the defense official and senior executive.
Options presented to the U.S. military prior to the invasion included bombing planes over the region, shipping into the Black Sea, and moving troops and some equipment from other parts of Europe to neighboring Poland, Romania, and Ukraine.
Austin put forward options to reassure NATO allies and strengthen their security, especially the security of border countries. Ukraine, Officials said. Officials said the goal was to show solidarity and strength between NATO and prevent Russian aggression against allies in the region.
As Biden weighs his options, the State Department Family members of embassy staff in Kiev were ordered to leave Sunday and the emergency departure of diplomatic staff in Ukraine has been approved. It also warned Americans not to go to Ukraine or Russia, citing the possibility of Russian military action.
Ukraine Criticized the move The “early” withdrawal of the families of the diplomats, while splitting over whether the US allies should immediately follow the path of the US, the UK says it does but the EU does not yet.
Biden was in the President’s retreat at Camp David, Maryland, and Austin explained to him via secure video telecommunications. Army Chief Mark Millie, leader of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was also present at the conference. Usually the secretary explains to the president and then the chairman gives further operational specifications.
There were some details of the conference Earlier, The New York Times reported.
Air Force General Todd Walters, commander of the U.S. European Command and commander of Europe’s top allies, has been preparing options for weeks, a security official and senior executive said. Walters has the authority to move some troops around his theater, but he has informed Austin and military leaders of the seriousness of the situation, officials said.
Officials said the conference for Biden included recent intelligence that the Russian military had not stopped building forces around Ukraine.
Another defense official says Russian President Vladimir Putin is adding more troops and troops to the border area around Ukraine. “He is getting stronger day by day,” the security official said.
Officials will not say whether Biden authorized any movement. A senior executive said some troops and property could be relocated “in the coming days.”
In the meantime, NATO said early Monday It stationed additional troops at the ready and sent more ships and warplanes to Eastern Europe.
“The United States has also made it clear that it is considering increasing its military presence in the East of the Alliance,” the statement said.
“NATO will continue to take all necessary steps to protect and defend all allies, including strengthening the eastern part of the Alliance. We will always respond to any deterioration in our security environment, including strengthening our collective security,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said.
On Monday, the U.S. military and NATO begin the Neptune Strike ’22 exercise, which includes training with NATO allies for capabilities that could be used against Russia. As part of the training, USS Harry S. The Truman Carrier Strike Team will conduct long-range strike training and anti-submarine combat training from the Mediterranean.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the exercise was “designed to demonstrate NATO’s ability to coordinate the high-level naval offensive capabilities of an aircraft carrier strike team and to support and prevent the alliance.”
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