February 3, Thursday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1.The United States has announced plans to send an extra 3,000 troops to Eastern Europe amid heightened military tension over the buildup of Russian troops along their country’s border with Ukraine. Some 1,700 of the troops in the US will be dispatched to Poland, which borders Ukraine. Another 300 troops in the US will go to Germany, while 1,000 troops in Germany will be sent to Romania, also neighboring Ukraine.
2.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says a Russian invasion of Ukraine would be a “tragic miscalculation.” He issued the warning during a phone call on Wednesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Johnson told Putin that he is deeply concerned about the 100,000 soldiers massed at Ukraine’s border. British officials released a statement saying the leaders agreed that aggravation was in no one’s interest.
3.Russia’s ambassador to Japan has warned Tokyo not to join Western nations in imposing sanctions on Moscow over Ukraine. Mikhail Galuzin reiterated Moscow’s stance that expansion of NATO is unacceptable to Russia.