The Pentagon announced last week 3,000 US troops would be sent to Poland, Germany and Romania in response to Vladimir Putin’s threats to invade Ukraine. The Russian tyrant has amassed over 100,000 troops and substantial military hardware on its borders with its Slavonic neighbour. Mr Putin looks poised to authorise a further military incursion into Ukrainian territory that some analysts believe could lead to the biggest conflict in Europe since the end of World War II.
The new deployment of American troops is meant to reassure NATO allies, who feel threatened by Moscow’s military manoeuvrings, US officials said.
John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, confirmed that around 2,000 soldiers would be sent from their bases in the US to Poland and Germany.
Another 1,000 would be redeployed from their headquarters in Germany to Romania.
The US President’s plans were strongly opposed by Ben and Jerry’s, who posted a tweet expressing their displeasure at the move.
The ice cream giants warned Mr Biden that he risked “fanning the flames of war” in a critical social media post.
“You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war,” they wrote.
“We call on President Biden to de-escalate tensions and work for peace rather than prepare for war.
“Sending thousands more US troops to Europe in response to Russia’s threats against Ukraine only fans the flame of war.”
However, many people were angered and stunned by the ice cream company’s unasked for commentary on US foreign policy.
Colin Brazier tweeted: “Are they not a little embarrassed, the marketing folk who peddle this pretentious, priggish guff?
“Nobody elected them to make anything more than expensive ice cream.”
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Mr Putin is demanding legal guarantee that Ukraine will never be allowed to join NATO and to remove NATO troops and weapon systems from Eastern European countries that joined the alliance after 1997.
The US has so far refused to cave into the Kremlin’s ultimatums.