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US sending troops to Poland, Germany and Romania as Russia tensions rise

The move comes amid stalled talks with Russia over its military build-up near Ukraine's borders.

US President Joe Biden is sending about 2,000 American troops to Poland and Germany this week.

Roughly 1,000 more who are already based in Germany will go to Romania.

Mr Biden has said he will not put American troops in Ukraine to fight any Russian incursion, although the US is supplying Ukraine with weapons to defend itself.

The Pentagon has also put about 8,500 US-based troops on higher alert for possible deployment to Europe as additional reassurance to allies.

The moves come amid stalled talks with Russia over its military build-up near Ukraine's borders.

The deployments underscore growing fears across Europe that Russian President Vladimir Putin is poised to invade Ukraine — and smaller NATO countries on the eastern flank worry they could be next.

Russia says it has no intention of initiating conflict and is willing to continue diplomatic efforts.

Watch: NATO's presence in Eastern Europe explained.

Russia has deployed more than 100,000 troops to areas near Ukraine's borders, including in neighbouring Belarus, backed by tanks, artillery, helicopters and warplanes.

The US already has between 75,000 and 80,000 troops in Europe as permanently stationed forces and as part of regular rotations in places such as Poland.

American forces currently lead a NATO multinational battlegroup in Poland, with British troops also deployed as part of the formation.

Boris Johnson visited Ukraine on Tuesday for talks with the country's president amid the tensions.

In a press conference in Kyiv, the Prime Minister urged the Kremlin not to invade Ukraine, saying it would be a "military disaster" for both Russia and the world.

Over the weekend, it was announced Mr Johnson was looking at doubling the number of UK troops deployed to strengthen Europe's borders.

He said the new offer to NATO currently under consideration would "send a clear message to the Kremlin" that "we will not tolerate their destabilising activity".

The UK too has been supplying Ukraine with weaponry and British personnel to provide initial training on how to use the systems under Operation Orbital.