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a press conference is about to begin and we'll take you there live. thousands have gathered at st. patrick's cathedral in new york to pay their respects to a police officer shot in harlem. we'll hear when they speak about officer moore. >> look at that procession , jut remarkable. but first an additional number of troops expected to deploy to ukraine. the former u.s. ambassador to ukraine, natasha, tell us where we know these troops are going, the purpose to shore up the flank of the eastern allies. >> reporter: president biden had a lengthy meeting with chairman joint chief mark mullen and did decide to deploy more troops to
eastern europe. about 2,000 troops are going to poland and another 700 are going to rumania as well as other countries in the southeastern flank of nato. the reason for this is because of the anxiety these allies are feeling in the midst of this massive russian troop buildup in ukraine. the president did hint at this last week. he said he would be moving those troops to eastern europe in the near term, but he did not say when that would be happening. we are told these deployments could be coming in the coming days. what we're told is this is coming at a time when these allies are feeling very, very anxious about this russian aggression there, and this is a show of support for those allies. this is not a precursor to any kind of u.s. troops on the ground in ukraine. this is just those troops going to eastern europe to shore up that flank and reassure them that the u.s. is there in the event that russia does invade ukraine and tries to move even further west, jim. >> ambassador, let me bring you
in, because i'm just -- >> we're going to take you live to the pentagon now because of the john kirby announcement. let's listen in. >> i think, as you heard secretary austin just last friday in his remarks with the chairman here in the briefing room, we remain focused on the evolving situation in europe and russia's arctions on the ukranin border and belarus. as the secretary said, the united states stands shoulder to shoulder with our nato allies. the current situation demands that we reinforce the defense and posture on nato's eastern flank. president biden has been clear that the united states will respond to the growing threat of their growing instability. the defense remains ironclad. despite this commitment and to prepare fire range of consistencies, the united states
will soon move additional forces to rumania, poland and germany. i want to be very clear about something. these are not permanent moves. they are moves designed to respond to the current security environment. moreover, these forces are not going to fight in ukraine. they are going to ensure the robust defense of our nato allies. now, let me lay this out for you in a series of three steps. first, 1,000 soldiers that are currently based in germany will reposition to romania in the coming days. this is a striker squadron, a mounted cavalry unit that's designed to deploy in short order and to move quickly once in place. and they will augment the sum of 900 u.s. forces that are currently in romania. this force is designed to deter aggression and enhance our defensive capabilities in
front-line allied states. we expect them, as i said, to move in coming days. secretary austin discussed this repositioning to romania just last week in his conversation with the romanian minister of defense. again, i want to stress that this move is coming at the express invitation of the romanian government. additionally, we welcome french president macron's announcement that france intends to deploy forces under nato. we discussed that with the french minister just last week. the united states will continue to coordinate with france and all our allies to make sure we complement each other in our res respective deployments. of course, we're going to continue to work through nato to make defensive posture alignments. second, we are moving an additional force of
approximately 2,000 troops from the united states to europe in the next few days. the 82nd airborne division is deploying components of an infantry brigade to poland and the 18th airplane borne corps is moving task force headquarters to germany. both of them, as you know, are based in fort bragg, north carolina. collectively this force is trained and equipped for a variety of missions, to defend our allies. not surprisingly, we worked closely with our polish and german allies to affect these movements and we absolutely appreciate their support. again, these are not permanent moves. they respond to current conditions. we will adjust our posture as those conditions evolve. third and finally, all of these forces are separate and in addition to the 8500 personnel in the united states on high
alert posture i announced last week. those 8500 are not currently deployed but ready to move if called for the nato response force or as needed for other contingencies as directed by the secretary or president biden. we continue to review our force posture in the situation in europe, and we will make adjustments as the situation warrants. i also want to take this opportunity to correct some misconceptions around last week's announcement. nato as an organization does not have veto power over troop deployments and media on the contrary is misrepresentative of that. we are making force movements, including those movements of high readiness. this i we're mindful of the competing
needs of security and our obligation to be transparent, and we'll provide you information on these and other movements as available and as appropriate. as we long have said, we are continuously reviewing our posture, so there may soon be posture positions to announce, including ongoing exercises. this is not the sum total of deterrence actions we will take or those to reassure our allies. i think it won't surprise you we take a theaterwide approach to deterrence and defense, and we welcome the additional announcements by spain, denmark, the u.k. and the netherlands of their consideration to deploy additional forces to reinforce nato's eastern flank. the united states has capabilities distributed across europe, including in the baltic region, and we will continue to assess needs in that area in cooperation with relevant allies and of course a full nato alliance. we stand united. we have said that repeatedly. we say it again today. these movements are unmistakable
signals to the world that we stand ready to reassure our nato allies and defend against any aggression. now, as the secretary said friday, we do not know if russia has made a final decision to further invade ukraine. but it clearly has that capability. the department of defense will continue to support diplomatic efforts led by the white house and state department to press for resolution. we do not believe conflict is inevitable. the united states in lock step with our allies and partners has allowed russia a path to deescalate. but we will take all prudent measures to assure our own security and those of our allies. i note that in the past few hours, a proposal made by the united states leaked to a european news outlet. we did not make this document public. but now that it is, it confirms to the entire world what we have
always been saying. there is no daylight between our public statements and our private discussions. nato and its partners are unified in their resolve and open to constructive and serious diplomacy. the united states has gone the extra mile to find a diplomatic solution. and if russia actually wants to negotiate a solution, as it claims it does, this document certainly makes clear that there is a path forward to do so. with that we'll take questions, starting with you, leta. >> reporter: john, thanks. a couple ditetails on this. is it still 800 total or are there additional ones? there is a brigade in fort carson that is already scheduled to rotate into europe. are you including them? there's been some confusion. are you including that carson
brigade in the deployment orders or are they completely separate because they're an already scheduled deployment? and then one other -- are there more -- are these troops that are going, are they under nato or are these all unilateral u.s. moves? thank you. >> let me see if i can remember all those. the troops that i'm talking about today will be going under u.s. command, but as i said, in the case of romania, we know the french are going to be preparing to deploy troops there. we will find ways to complement that force presence, again, in full consultation with romania. i wouldn't describe these as unilateral moves. this is a bilateral arrangement between the united states and romania. but to your question, they will be going under u.s. command. the 8500, they still remain on prepare to deploy orders.
as i talked about last monday, the vast majority of them is designed for a nato force. that force hasn't been activated so they aren't going anywhere. the secretary has, as you might imagine, as we have worked towards these troop movements, there have been additional forces put on the prepare to deploy orders or shortened tethers. i'm not prepared to go into great detail today about that, but yes, there have been additional ones. as i said in my opening statement, you can expect that will continue to happen going forward. we're going to constantly look at the conditions in the region and consult with allies and partners. if we feel we need to make additional forces more ready, we'll do that. if we feel we need to send more forces to certain eastern flank countries, we'll do that, too, in full consultation with nato and in full consultation with the specific allies and partners. and i think i missed one of your questions, leta.
>> reporter: i just wanted -- >> i'm going to have to take that one, leta, because i don't have the breakdown of every single unit in that original 8500 in front of me. let me just take that rather than speculate and guess. jen? >> reporter: john, do you have any evidence that putin plans to move beyond ukraine's borders? why are you bolstering these eastern flank allies if you do not have evidence of that? >> because it's important that we send a strong signal to mr. putin, and frankly to the world, that nato matters to the united states, it matters to our allies. we have ironclad article 5 commitments. an attack on one is an attack on all. we know that he also bristles about nato, and he has made no secret of that. we are making it clear that we're going to be prepared to defend our nato allies if it comes to that.
hopefully it won't come to that. conflict is not inevitable. there is no reason for there to be ongoing conflict in ukraine or anywhere else in the europe can continent, and mr. putin can go a long way to serving that end by taking seriously the proposals we have put forward diplomatically and by deh deescalating and moving some of those troops away. >> is there anything you're seeing that those troops that are outside ukraine might carry on to poland and romania? >> what we see, jen, is that he continues to destabilize the environment by adding more forces in the part of his country and along belarus. in addition to additional activity in the north atlantic. he clearly is providing himself many options, lots more capabilities. for exactly what purpose, we don't know right now.
and because we don't know exactly what his purpose is, we want to make sure we're ready on the nato front to defend our allies. barbara? >> reporter: i want to follow up on jen's question. you said in the beginning the current situation demands we reinforce. so what specifically demands the reinforcement that you are laying out today? and the reason i ask this, this is bilateral, as you said. originally you spoke at length several days ago about the nato response force. they have not activated that. you were moving ahead bilaterally not under a nato umbrella, anyhow. so what signal does that send that you're not waiting for a nato vote, and what is the current situation that demands this reinforcement outside of russia, outside of ukraine. i don't think i heard a specific answer. >> i think the signal it sends
is that we're moving additional u.s. forces into allied territory at the request and with the invitation of those countries is that we take our nato commitments very, very seriously. i put that right in the opening statement. and as for -- i think your question is why now. >> i don't understand -- i'd like an explanation why you're doing this now without a vote at nato which does not appear readily apparent for them to activate the response force. what has led you to say, okay, the united states will act on a bilateral basis. you have the invitations. you could have waited for a nato vote. you decided not to. >> it's not just us, barb. other nations, i mentioned germany, france, other nations are likewise discussing in bilateral ways with eastern
flank nations the addition of forces and capabilities to those nations. so it's not just the united states, it's other nato allies that are doing this. you talk about this vote thing. let's be clear. what i think you're getting at is the nato response force. that's a 40,000-person-strong force that is designed for high readiness, and that is a decision that the alliance and only the alliance can make. we have a contribution to that. we have gotten those forces a l le alerted to be ready if needed. the president can do a bilateral movement as well, he can do that. it's not like the alliance has a veto authority on any of those troops we're preparing to deploy. in terms of why now, here's a couple of factors. mr. putin continues to add forces, combined arms,
offsetting capabilities. even over the last 24 hours, he continues to add in western russia, in belarus, the mediterranean and the north atl atlantic. he has shown no signs to be able to deescalate the tensions. it's not just the united states that knows this, nato knows this. we have shared our perspectives of what we're seeing with them, they have shared their perspectives with us. now with respect to these bilateral perspectives, we are prepared to make these moves. i say again these are temporary moves, not permanent deployments, not permanent basing. and two, we are not ruling out the possibility there will be more coming up in future days and weeks. >> so my last question, the bottom line here is you cannot, the united states, the pentagon, the white house, you right now could not rule out the possibility that putin could make a move outside of ukraine
into an east european country that's nato-friendly with the u.s. and allies. you can't rule out he'll make an additional move beyond ukraine. >> in or out with this announcement, barb. this isn't about an intel assessment about what mr. putin will or won't do. as i said in my opening statement, we still don't believe he's made a decision to further invade ukraine. and if he does further invade ukraine, obviously there will be consequences for that, but he has many options and capabilities available to him as to how he might do that. and we simply don't know. we want to make sure that he knows any move on nato is going to be resisted and it's going to trigger article 5 and we're going to be committed to the defense of our allies. that's what this is all about. yeah, david.
>> reporter: when president biden previewed this last week and he said he would be sending forces in the near term, he also said "not a lot." do you consider 3,000 not a lot, and how does adding 1,000 troops, infantry troops, stop the kind of force that you've been describing that russia has been amassing in western russia and belarus? >> we think that these orders that the secretary is giving today are very much in keeping with the president's comments. and to your other question, i remind again that we hold the option open of additional force movements if that's desired and needed. so the steps i'm talking about today could very well be
preliminary steps to future ones that we might take. and to your other question about, you know, is that enough, again, i will remind you that rom romania, as a solid state, has their own troops and a very capable one at that. as i said earlier, the french will be sending additional troops out. i'll let them speak to what they're going to do and what timeline and how much. as i also said in my opening statements, other countries are likewise moving forward to provide bolstering capabilities to nato allies on the eastern flank. >> reporter: how long will it take these troops to get into position, and do you expect the infantry combat team from fort bragg to jump in? >> i'm not going to talk about the specifics of their movement, but as i said in my opening statement, we expect them to start moving in coming days. i don't have a more specific timeline for you in terms of
exact departure date and exact arrival. obviously it will be -- it will be obvious when they get there, and certainly we'll try to keep you informed all the way. court? >> reporter: you've made it clear these troops won't be very long in ukraine and there won't be combat. but can you say they will be used for evacuation? is it possible they could be used for that? >> as you heard the secretary say on friday, our troops are multi-mission capable, and they will be prepared for a range of contingencies, and i won't go further than that. >> reporter: is that why the 82nd was specifically identified as one to go early, because of that capability? >> they are already, as you know, a ready force. they are already at a heightened state of alert. that's the reason for that force. and they are multi-mission
capable. they can do a lot of things. it's a very versatile force. and i think their versatility, their ability to move quickly and to conduct a range of missions across a range of contingencies, which is well proven, that's the reason why the secretary has ordered them to go. i promise i'll get to everybody, but i haven't -- other than leta, i haven't done anybody on the phone and i need to do that. sui? >> thank you. i'd like to know how many troops you plan to send to poland? >> approximately 2,000 from fort
bragg will be going to poland. the 18 borne corps that's going to germany, they're going to be at headquarters. that depends on the need at hand, several hundred people. the one that comprise the 18 brigade combat team, the majority will be going to poland. kelly from "news nation." >> reporter: hi, john, thank you for taking my question. i know you said we would posture as conditions evolve. we're seeing parents, teachers learning to use guns. will these troops help them and how does it change the mission of the coast guard troops
already in ukraine? >> i think i made it clear these troops will not be going to ukraine to participate in the defense of ukraine. the president has been very clear about that. these forces are going to reassure and to bolster capabilities inside nato's eastern flank. and as for the florida national guard, trainers, they are still in ukraine. there's been no decision to change their status. they are still there providing assist to ukranian forces. if and when there is a need to make a different decision about their presence there, the president will certainly do that in consultation with the european commander general walters, but no decision has been made yet. tony capacio? >> reporter: hey, john, when you say it will be obvious when nato
arrives, is it possible they will parachute in to send a message to putin? >> i'm not going to talk about their travel there and how they're going to arrive. i don't anticipate it will be a tactical operation in that regard, though, tony. >> reporter: did you just rule it out? >> david, i said it's not going to be a tactical operation, but i don't have any additional information on that. i don't believe that's all that relevant. they're going, and they're going to bolster our capabilities in nato, and that's the most important part here. >> you just seemed to say no. did you say no? >> david, i didn't say no. i said i don't expect there will be some sort of tactical operation here. >> reporter: who will command these troops? is it general walters and is that splitting his role? >> he already has a split role as a supreme ally commander in
europe. ultimately he will be at the top of the chain of command for them while they're in europe. i don't have more additional information about the c2 arrangement right now. but we can get that. let me go back to the phones here. tara cupp? >> nothing heard. carla bab -- >> i'm sorry, john, i'm on. i didn't unmute myself. can you tell us what capacity will be needed to shift these troops and what mobile military would play in this? >> i don't have specifics here, tara. obviously this is a reasonable amount of forces that will -- that air mobility command will be able to transport. i don't foresee a need for some sort of surge of airlift
activity to get these folks over there. go ahead, carla. >> hey, thanks for doing this, john. most of our questions were answered. i just need a couple clarifications that 8,500 forces that remain on high readiness, that means 2,000 troops will be there. then my follow-up considers the forces in ukraine. does that mean when you're not sending any more for their security that they do not feel their safety is threatened? thanks. >> on the numbers, i think i'm just going to leave it the way i couched it in my opening statement. i don't -- there's really no changes here. as i said, the 8500 are still on prepare to deploy orders. they have not been activated. we have, as you clearly know now, activated others to move
them as a u.s. decision. and as i said, i think earlier to sylvie's question, there are additional to the 8500. yes, the secretary has prepared to deploy additional u.s. forces. i'm not prepared to go into detail about that today. when and if we are able to speak to future movements, we will speak to future movements. we will be as transparent to you as we possibly can, but we're also careful with how much detail we put out there ahead of time. on the national guard, again, no change to their presence or posture in ukraine. as i've said many times, the secretary takes their safety and their security to be of paramount concern. we are in constant communication with the european command about their presence, what they're doing. if and when the secretary believes that it is the
appropriate time for them to leave, if it's sooner than their deployment is up, then he'll make that decision. and, again, we'll let you know. but right now they're still there, still providing training, advice and assistance to the ukranian armed forces. hilary cooper? >> reporter: hey, kirby, thanks for doing this. i'm still trying to figure out the -- i'm still a little bit stuck on the numbers. you said you're not ruling out possible additional troops to being deployed to europe. are you saying that would be in addition to the 8,500 who are on high alert? >> exactly what i'm saying. the vast majority, 8,500, are designed for the task force. that task force has not been activated, as i said in the opening. we are not ruling out the
possibility there will be other moves, just like we're moving the striker squadron from germany to romania. there could be other movements inside europe that we could speak to. we're not ruling that out. we're also not ruling out that additional 4forces in the unite states could get to europe. as decisions get made, if there is a need as i said in my opening, we're constantly looking at the conditions there. if we believe the conditions warrant, if we believe consultations with allies also would demand additional u.s. force capability, we'll entertain those discussions and we'll make those decisions and we'll announce them. sorry, hilary, i cut you off, i think. >> are there additional troops in the u.s. who are on higher alert right now? >> paul mccleary -- i'm sorry,
lou martinez? >> reporter: hi, john. are you sure these troops are going on a unilateral control, this is a u.s. mission? are you saying they would transfer to nato control should nato decide to activate the nato response force? and another question as well about -- there is a deployment often going right now in estonia of some f-15s. have they been extended beyond the current end date of this week. thank you. >> i don't have anything on the f-15s, louie. i can ask about that, but my hunch is that, no, there is no plans to extend them, but let me just check on that. and then to your other question, these forces are going under bilateral arrangements between the united states and the
countries in question. in this case, poland, germany and romania. they will remain under u.s. chain of command. that is a separate and distinct mission than the nato response force which we've talked about our contribution to that, being the bulk of that 8,500 that we talked about last week. that would be under nato command and control structure. i'm not going to hypothesize and speculate about the future of these u.s. units and what it's going to look like going forward. there is no expectation at this time that they would necessarily have to fall under some sort of nato command and control. they are going as a u.s. contribution in consultation with the allies in question to help bolster their defenses and to prove and to show and to demonstrate our commitment to the defense of our nato allies. again, i don't foresee any
command or control changes for them going forward. paul mccleary? >> reporter: hi, john. is the united states prepared to negotiate with the russians or agents to assure sites in poland and romania, or possibly allow for inspections of those sites? >> i'm not going -- certainly not going to negotiate here in public. we have laid out a very serious set of proposals did youplomati to russia. as i said, a news outlet decided to publish that proposal. you can go look for it yourself, but it demonstrates what we've said publicly is the same as what we've been saying privately to the russians, that we are willing, with an eye toward reciprocity, to consider addressing mutual security concerns on the continent.
i'm not going to negotiate here in public. we can go back into the room. janie? >> reporter: was it important that the united states and south korea are coordinating the deployment of joint exercises? you know that north korea continues to conduct military exercises. why are united states' exercises always canceled? >> janie, as i said, we take our readiness very seriously. they are decisions we make in rock step with our allies, and that includes training events. you talk about it as if we've not done any, we're not doing any, or that we're not taking
training seriously. that is not the case. but as we do anywhere in the world, we do the same in korea. we constantly evaluate and review our training exercises, our training events, training in education and adapt it as conditions warrant. and that's no different than what you're seeing on the korean peninsula. >> reporter: the south koreans want additional deployment into korea to defend against the north koreans' threats. are you considering this? >> we are constantly consulting with our south korean allies about readiness and capabilities. i have no announcements on
missile defense systems to make today. pierre? >> reporter: if i may take you to the readout of secretary austin, there is an announcement, in fact, in the readout that troops will be deployed and also fifth generation aircraft. what is the mission? what are we trying to achieve? >> a notable announcement there from the pentagon spokesman john kirby. the u.s. announcing the deployment of more forces to europe. what's particularly notable, these are not the repositioning forces. they're going to send an 82nd airborne combat team, it's called. they will be deployed to poland and also to germany. that is a combat unit that was not positioned in europe that is
now going to europe in response to russian moves along the ukranian border. >> don't forget, this is in addition to the 8,500 troops on stand-by you've been reporting on the last five weeks. it really shows that among the 38 allies, this is the u.s. taking initiative and cooperation, and i think welcome from some of the countries, be it poland or romania, who really wanted to see it implemented. >> you might find it a coalition of learning because france is also sending troops to nato. we are joined now by a number of cnn analysts and reporters. i want to go first to you,
lieutenant general mark hurt hurtling, because you have deployed troops there before. tell us about shoring up nato's eastern flank. how significant, in your view? >> it's a pretty big deal, jim. what we're talking about, john didn't mention this specifically, but you're talking about the ready brigade from the 82nd airborne mission. these soldiers have their equipment packed, it's always packed, they're ready to go. they will be wheels up with aircraft out of fort bragg, north carolina in 24 hours. they get there quickly. they're not arm oored, but that a pretty sizeable force, 18 infantrymen, so they can get there quickly. they'll be landing in poland probably, or germany, and then
busing the rest of the way. i suspect they'll land somewhere in poland. but the other critical piece that i thought was interesting was the jtf -- the proponent of the jtf headquarters from the atf airborne division. this is something we practice quite a bit in germany -- europe, perhaps, having division headquarters come in and form the basis for jtf, joint task force headquarters, specifically geared to one task. this is one that can leak into a nato element if that nato response force comes through and says we want to pull all the forces together from the various nations. we have a one-star general and a two-star general from the 82nd. they've done it before and they can do it again. i also think we'll send them from romania to germany, too.
a striker regiment has moved all over europe. they're a wheeled outfit, they have much greater fire power. you should consider them somewhere between -- they're somewhere between the fastness of an airborne division and the heaviness of a tank division. they can drive in fields, they can drive on the road very quickly, so they can be in romania in a day or two. when you're talking about fast deployment, we're discussing in mobility with europe. >> i can see the kremlin issuing a response. it's something we hear from putin time and time again. never mind there is over 100,000 troops amassing in ukraine that russia put there. that being said, how much of a surprise do you think this announcement is to vladimir
putin who, from everything we can assume had been speculating about division within nato and division within the united states. here we have support from a bipartisan basis, members of congress wanting the united states to do more. here we have troops going into these eastern countries. what do you expect russia to do next? >> well, i think that's exactly the point. not only do these deployments reassure allies on the eastern flank, they're also going to make clear to the russians thargs while na-- that while na has not fought for ukraine, they will take up the ukraine territory. it thought the west was divided. what mr. putin and the kremlin now sees, you got the united
states and others basically making sure nato has a substantial force on the eastern flank. i suspect this is something where we miscalculated. they did not expect this. >> and to be clear, prior to any action, there had been criticisms. why is the u.s. deploying sanctions, but to deter the possibility up. here you have a move in advance. i know from speaking on her side of the border is tactical groups. that is a combat unit with all you need to go to war. you've been on the front line with ukranian forces. there's been a public assess. as to how urgent this threat is. is that changing from inside ukraine can.
>> it does not appear to be changing yet. we just heard new sat tlit pim arjz th-- satellite images alon the border of ukraine, the border of crimea. they told their soldiers to be alert, to be prepared, but they were very convinced there was not going to be any type of all-out invasion. this is what we heard ukranian leadership say again and again. what's not clear, though, jim, is what is crimen. do they not believe the satellite images they're seeing or are they trying to quarterback any kind of panic they're seeing in the country. my manager mentioned last week,
this is bad for the economy, we're seeing weapons being withdrawn. so they have other political concerns to take into account. having said that, i do think the ukranian leadership will welcome this latest move, because they have also said to me that putin does not respect appeasement. he respects strength and a display of strength and alliance. what they have asked the u.s. to do for some time now is don't wait until he does something to respond. do something in advance as a deterrent. there is a little bit of a contradiction there in the line of thinking you hear coming from ukraine, and it will be interesting to see what this new action is going to be. >> it's important to remind viewers that zelensky was elected, for all intents and purposes, to bring peace between russia and ukraine. all his years in term, in office
there, had been working on that. lo and behold, here we are. >> there is an enormous price that ukraine has paid. >> 13,000 people have been killed and they don't want to be in a quagmire where they have to sleep with one eye open to wait for putin to make a move. he said these are not permanent moves, that there is still a path to deescalate. on the one hand, we're seeing a movement of trooms will you tell a aumsly. >> leaving this open so the u.s. could be quick with his response. hasn't made up his mind.
it is also very interesting because it appears to have bipartisan support. these e-mails from europe are being hailed by lindsey gram that he agrees with sending troops to physical provide the alliance. so clearly president biden is getting by in here from key republicans in the senate, and that is going to be important as well to show vladimir putin this is not a partisan issue in the united states. the support for ukraine is not a partisan issue, tho thereforist. >> there was, on pint's part, a hope not just to defined has, in
your view, based on this move, but also republican scht by this move and nato lawrence on this page here, has he miscalculated? there is a tend teens twet him as 12x12. >> i believe mr. putin has made several miscalculations. nothing has done more to push them for the past 18 years. it's caused thousands of ukranian lives. but i believe the timing was chosen because putin saw in the crimea division to the west and the united states allies. instead he's getting democrats and republicans coming together, because there is long before they gained independence.
there is strong bipartisan support for ukraine. but i think he also sees a unified position supporting ukraine and readiness to oppose what the russians are doing. i think they were bad for the kremlin, but they are miscalculations that the krem linz -- kremlins have made. general, i'm just curious because he really has animosity specifically with nato. he's been wanting to be seen as an equal. given this move, it's not all countries, but under nato with this troop deployment here to the eastern flank, what medicine does that send back to president
putin. >> by the way, beeianna, that wk takes a long time, and i think they've been doing that work to shore up the alliance. i'm going to what ambassador piper said. president putin will take advantage if people allow him to take advantage. now he's being countered. i think that's critically drawn together with all 30 partners just yet. but as you said, there is a whole bunch of them coming to the aid. again, i also think that's why some of these forces have been destroyed earlier.
they're waiting for the nato response force to potentially call up if they need to do that. that will be a big deal if that happens, because that's them saying we are in agreement, we're doing this together, this isn't just the u.s. and several nations acting he alone. this is the force of a security all all alliance, so i think official action will be happening soon. >> what he gets from this, and i don't know where it's going from here, a unified response especially from russia. >> right, and he has no elections to worry about, right? if kd continuing who knows, it could drag on long.
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we're taking you live now to st. patrick's cathedral. they are about to eulogize officer wilbert mora, one of two killed last month. let's listen in. >> for the years of using this sacred place to anchor our city and a spirituality that allows us to move from these moments of pain and take them to a mission of purpose. this morning we gather to mourn the life of wilbert mora, our brother officer and brother
citizen. we reflect on his bravery, we remember his sacrifice. we bend our heads in solemn prayer. hear us, lord, and protect us. last night we were reminded again about the danger in overproliferation of guns that carve highways of death. even when the bullet hits the body of our citizens, the emotional trauma continues to rip the anatomy of our city and the pathway never ends for generations to come. an off-duty officer was shot and wounded on his way to work. the work of protecting new york is defending our city.
the officer was killed in the line of duty. those of us who have put on the uniform know what happened to officer mora could happen to us any day. i'll always reflect my brothers and sisters in the police department. upon the day of my retirement, walking down and feeling the weight of my mother as she just collapsed in my arms, i realized she did every tour with me every night, every radio run. you wear the blue uniforms but your families fill it every day just as officers mora sand revee
family bear today. it's why we stand together and salute his service as we commend his spirit. let us pray for officer mora and for his family and friends. their pain is our pain. officer mora was not only a dedicated public servant but an exceptional young man beloved by his family, the youngest of four children. someone once stated to me that it is unnatural to lose a child. there's nothing in our english language that is associated with the loss of a child. if you lose a spouse, you're a widower. if you lose a parent, you're an
orphan. but we do not have anything in our english language that defines the pain and the unnatural existence of losing a child. to his mother amelia, we pray for you. we lift you up in the support that you need. and to his dad, birtadwe, we kn how intense the pain can be, and it will intensify every birthday, every sound of your son. i thank you for sharing your son with our city, and you must know we share your grief and feel your sorrow. and to wilbert's sister, carina, and brothers wilson and
jonathan, the challenges of losing a baby brother, we are your family now. we will comfort you and embrace you and stand with you in the difficult days to come. and to the 32nd precinct, his second family, i watched you at the hospital. i saw how you embraced each other, and i heard you say over and over again, we tried, we tried. yes, you do try every day. you succeed. you need each other more now than ever as you overcome this painful moment. today we say goodbye to wilbert, but we also thank him. the city thanks you, and from the bottom of my heart, i thank you. and every day that i walk the
streets of new york, the people of this city reminds me, support our police and let them know we appreciate them. new york understands the risk and sacrifice you make every day, and we applaud you for that. our city is going to do more than thank you. we are going to give you the resources to fight this senseless violence. it is new yorkers against the killers, and we will not lose. we will protect our city. we want to end the gun violence that put our city in despair and protect those who put their lives on the line every day. people like officer mora and his
partner, officer james rivera. rivera was only seven years old when he came to our country, but he knew he wanted to be a member of the new york city police department right away. he was honored to serve and protect our city. he gave back to this country. he did it the way so many immigrants do every day with hard work and commitment and dedication to be part of our american experience. he was proud to wear the blue uniform and serve the city of new york. he saved lives but he did something else to really reflect on how special he was as an individual. after his transition from the physical to the spiritual, he donated his organs to five individuals who are now going to have lifesaving abilities based on what he did