App, Sputnik and Reuters

Newspaper La Jornada
Monday, January 24, 2022, p. 24

Washington. The president of the United States, Joe Biden, evaluates the possibility of deploying thousands of soldiers in Eastern Europe and the former Baltic Soviet republics, as well as warships and aircraft to his allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) , amid growing fears of a Russian incursion into Ukraine, the New York Times reported yesterday, citing anonymous sources from the Democratic president’s government.

The move would represent a major shift for the Biden administration, which until recently maintained a moderate stance on the Ukraine crisis, for fear of provoking a Russian invasion of Ukrainian territory. The change in strategy stems from the actions of the Kremlin and the failure of diplomatic meetings between US and Russian officials, the New York newspaper said.

Senior Defense Department officials presented Biden with several options on Saturday, including sending between 1,000 and 5,000 soldiers to Eastern European countries with the possibility of increasing this number 10 times if the situation deteriorates.

None of the options on the table involves sending troops to Ukraine, it was indicated in the meeting with Biden held at Campo David.

The US president is expected to make a decision on the matter in the coming days, added the New York Times, whose sources stressed that the deployment of thousands of additional troops on NATO’s eastern flank, which includes Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, It is the scenario that the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has wanted to avoid.

Kiev and several Western countries have expressed concern about the deployment of up to 100,000 Russian soldiers and weapons on its border with Ukraine.

Russia rejected on more than one occasion the accusations of planning an aggression against Ukraine; it alleges that it deploys troops within its own territory, which does not threaten anyone.

Moscow accuses the West of using these pretext arguments to station more NATO military equipment near Russian borders.

In addition, the State Department authorized the voluntary departure of part of his staff and family members from the embassy in Kiev in the face of the continuing threat of military action by Russia.

Britain’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday that Russia wants to replace Ukraine’s government with one close to the Kremlin, which was rejected yesterday by Moscow, which said that London and NATO want to intensify tensions over Ukraine.

The British Foreign Office said it had information that the Russian government is considering former Ukrainian lawmaker Yevhen Murayev as a potential candidate to lead a pro-Russian leadership.

Murayev rejected the idea that Russia wants to install him as Ukraine’s leader, in comments to British newspapers and in an interview with the Reuters news agency.

He denied having any contact with Russian intelligence officials and dismissed the idea that he might be in league with the Kremlin as stupid, given that he was sanctioned by Russia in 2018.

The British Foreign Office refused to provide evidence to support his accusations.

The disinformation spread by the British Foreign Ministry is further proof that it is the NATO countries, led by the Anglo-Saxons, that are raising the tension around Ukraine, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commented on Telegram yesterday. We ask the British Foreign Office to stop provocative activity and stop spreading nonsense, he said.