Britain will send troops to defend Europe if Russia invades Ukraine, says Boris Johnson_freckle removal at home

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  • Boris JohnsonBoris JohnsonPrime Minister of the United Kingdom since 2019
  • Vladimir PutinVladimir PutinPresident of Russia
Britain will deploy army to defend Europe if Russia invades Ukraine, says Boris Johnson - JESSICA TAYLOR /AFP
Britain will deploy army to defend Europe if Russia invades Ukraine, says Boris Johnson - JESSICA TAYLOR /AFP

Britain will deploy troops to protect its allies in Europe if Russia invades Ukraine, Boris Johnson said as he predicted Vladimir Putin’s army would face “ferocious resistance” from Ukrainian freedom fighters.

Mr Johnson said: “The British Army leads the Nato battle group in Estonia and if Russia invades Ukraine, we would look to contribute to any new Nato deployments to protect our allies in Europe."

The US and UK have ruled out sending Nato troops into Ukraine but Britain could deploy armour, infantry, artillery, engineering, medical and intelligence units to Nato’s eastern flank as part of an Alliance-wide agreement.

The US is considering sending 8,500 US-based troops to Eastern Europe and the Baltic states as a deterrent to a possible Russian invasion, with President Joe Biden saying that some of those troops may move "in the near term".

At Camp David at the weekend, defence officials reportedly presented Mr Biden with an option of dramatically increasing that number if the security situation deteriorates.

Joe Biden greets a pair of US Marines in Washington. The US is considering sending 8,500 troops to Eastern Europe
Joe Biden greets a pair of US Marines in Washington. The US is considering sending 8,500 troops to Eastern Europe

Mr Biden also said he would consider directly targeting Mr Putin with sanctions if he did order an invasion.

The US President warned of "enormous consequences" for Russia.

He said a full-scale invasion would be the largest since the Second World War, and would "change the world".

But he added: "We have no intention of putting American or Nato forces in Ukraine."

Asked what would trigger the deployment of the 8,500 troops to Nato's eastern flank, he said it depended on what Mr Putin did. But he said: "I may be moving some of those troops in the near term. Just because it takes time. And again, it's not provocative."

A US plane carrying military equipment and munitions has landed in Kyiv, the third shipment of a $200-million security package to shore up Ukraine's defences.

Pavlo Tkachuk, head of a National Army Academy in Ukraine, holds a next generation light anti-tank weapon, which has been supplied by Great Britain, during a training session for Ukrainian service members in Lviv, western Ukraine
Pavlo Tkachuk, head of a National Army Academy in Ukraine, holds a next generation light anti-tank weapon, which has been supplied by Great Britain, during a training session for Ukrainian service members in Lviv, western Ukraine

When asked about personal sanctions against Mr Putin himself if he invades, Mr Biden said: "Yes. I would see that."

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