As the possibility of a Russian invasion of Ukraine continues to increase and rhetoric on both sides intensifies, there’s a new concern growing around Washington D.C. concerning the involvement of U.S. troops.
According to Fox News, perhaps the most eye-opening hint that the option of sending U.S. troops to help defend Ukraine is not off the table was U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s strategic dodging of a question related to a possible U.S. troop deployment.
It’s significant because for weeks, top U.S. officials have strongly denied that American troops would be involved in a war between Ukraine and Russia.
An obvious dodge
It was CNN’s Dana Bash who asked Blinken during an interview Sunday whether or not American troops could make an appearance in Ukraine, should a Russian invasion take place.
“Do you see any scenario in which more U.S. service members become involved here?” Bash asked.
“One of the things that we’ve been very clear about,” Blinken said, “besides the massive economic financial consequences that would befall Russia if it further commits aggression against Ukraine, is the ongoing continued buildup of defense capacity in Ukraine and equally continuing to build up NATO’s defensive capacities, including on the so-called Eastern flank, the countries near Russia.”
He added that should an invasion take place, there would be “massive consequences” for Russia, but never addressed Bash’s question directly, leaving many to wonder if a troop deployment is on the table.
“The alliance is looking at very practical and important measures that it would take in the event of further Russian aggression,” Blinken added in his non-response.
Blinken’s comments come on the heels of reports of some 200,000 pounds of “lethal aid” that was delivered to Ukraine on Friday night, with other munitions, such as anti-tank Javelin missiles, expected to arrive in the coming days.
The supplies are meant for frontline Ukrainian military personnel in case Russia advances into the country, and the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine praised the delivery, saying it “demonstrates the U.S. commitment to helping Ukraine bolster its defenses in the face of growing Russian aggression.”
As of now, there are also reportedly some 200 members of the Florida National Guard stationed in Ukraine, who reportedly work in training and advisory roles.
Only time will tell if the world will witness a full-blown Russian invasion, but if it happens, all eyes will be on President Joe Biden’s response.