12/4/2022, 1:30 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Austin denies NATO expansion led to Ukraine conflict

Russia was neither "provoked" nor "threatened" ahead of the "war" in Ukraine, which "is not the result of NATO expansion," but "the cause of NATO expansion," according to United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

The number of American soldiers in Europe now exceeds 100,000 after totaling 80,000 at the beginning of 2022, he specified in a speech at the Reagan National Defense Forum.

Washington will not be "dragged into" Russian President Vladimir Putin's "war," but will "stand with Ukraine" and "defend every inch of NATO territory," Austin asserted.

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