(The Hill) – President Biden said Friday he plans to send a small number of U.S. forces to eastern Europe in the “near term” amid growing fears of a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine.  

“I’ll be moving troops to eastern Europe in the NATO countries in the near term,” Biden told reporters at Joint Base Andrew upon returning from a trip to Pittsburgh. “Not too many.” 

The Pentagon has put 8,500 troops on heightened alert for potential deployment to NATO countries in eastern Europe.  

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