Pentagon receives no European requests to deploy missile defense due to threat of Russian attack on Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Pentagon Spokesperson John Kirby noted that the US has already deployed enough of its forces in Europe under the command of General Todd Walters
16:33, 5 January 2022

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The Pentagon has not yet received any requests from NATO allies in Europe for the deployment of additional troops and weapons in Europe as Pentagon Spokesperson John Kirby stated.

“As we've said before, should there be another incursion and should some of our NATO allies request additional capabilities, we would be positively disposed to consider those requests. Neither of those two contingencies have happened,” Kirby said.

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He noted that the US has already deployed enough of its forces in Europe under General Todd Walters' command, particularly in NATO countries. And the latter, moreover, which themselves have significant capabilities of their own across the continent.

In addition, Kirby added that the US Department of Defense has not received any requests from NATO allies for a change of position on weapons or additional capabilities.

“Again, as you heard Jake Sullivan say, you know, if there was another incursion and if there was a request for additional capabilities, we would positively -- we'd be positively disposed to consider those requests. So I really don't want to speculate about specific capabilities when we haven't really been asked to augment any of the existing ones that are already there on the continent,” he concluded.

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As it was reported, in early December Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Russia intends to seek "reliable and long-term security guarantees" and in negotiations with the United States and its allies will" insist on the elaboration of specific agreements, excluding any NATO advance to the east."

Earlier, the Russian president stated that the expansion of NATO military infrastructure on the territory of Ukraine might become the red line for Russia. At the same time, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated that NATO's support for Ukraine is not a threat to Russia.


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