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Kiev Erdogan in Russian-Ukrainian mediation

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Kiev for a meeting with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelanski.

He is going to play a mediating role in the Russian-Ukrainian crisis. In recent days, NATO leaders have visited Ukraine several times. Meanwhile, the president of Turkey, another NATO member, visited the country on Thursday (February 3).

Turkey has interests in both Ukraine and Russia. That is why Erdogan is going to play a mediating role in the ongoing crisis in Eastern Europe. The Turks are deeply involved with Moscow in several global crises. Turkey is also one of the arms-selling countries in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has announced plans to send an additional 3,000 troops to Poland and Romania. At a time when Russia is threatening to invade Ukraine, it has been decided to strengthen the US military presence in the two countries, two NATO allies in Eastern Europe.

The news agency Reuters quoted US officials as saying on Wednesday (February 2nd). Moscow has already deployed more than 100,000 troops along the Ukrainian border. However, Russia has denied any involvement in the attack.

But they also warned that they could take indefinite military action if their demands were not met. Russia may take action if it does not promise not to include Kiev in NATO.

According to the BBC, 2,000 troops will be sent to Poland and Germany from the Fort Bragg military base in North Carolina. In addition, another 1,000 troops from Germany will go to Romania.

The announcement comes after President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of trying to persuade Russia to go to war in Ukraine. But Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Wednesday that the troops the United States is deploying will not fight in Ukraine, but will ensure the safety of US allies.

Out of the 2,000 troops at Fort Bragg, 1,600 members of the 72nd Airborne Division will be sent to Poland and 300 to Germany. The Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the troops would be deployed in the coming days. In addition, another 8,000 troops were on high alert last week.

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