The situation between Russia and Ukraine is beginning to elevate rather quickly.
Reports have been breaking all day that tensions are extremely high and Russia is ready to make a move against Ukraine leadership.
In response, both the United States and Spain have sent warships to the Mediterranean.
Here We Go…
The United States has sent the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft strike group to the Med.
The group will take part in the NATO Neptune Strike 22 exercises.
John Kirby stated that the exercises will “demonstrate NATO’s ability to integrate the high-end maritime strike capabilities of an aircraft carrier strike group to support the deterrence and defense of the alliance.”
The move is very interesting in that Joe Biden has already stated he would not commit military action to defend Ukraine.
On that front, even though the exercises were not on the NATO website as being scheduled, Kirby stated this had been planned for some time and is not in response to the Russian threat.
That, however, appears to be more of a cover story to try to keep tensions from rising even higher than they already are.
Spain is also sending ships, only it is not using exercises to hide its activity.
Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles told reporters this week that the country is sending numerous warships to the Med and Black Sea as well as fighter jets to Bulgaria.
She stated, “Russia cannot tell any country what to do, so NATO will protect and defend the sovereignty of any country that can or wants to join NATO.”
Robles stressed that, ideally, a diplomatic solution can resolve these tensions, but Spain is clearly ready to strike if need be.
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Source: The Hill