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US President Joe Biden speaks to the press about the situation in Ukraine, after arriving on Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, January 28, 2022. Image Credit: AFP

Washington: President Joe Biden said on Friday he will be moving US troops to Eastern European and NATO countries "in the near term."

The Pentagon has placed about 8,500 US troops on stand-by for possible deployment to Europe amid Russia's military build-up near Ukraine's border.