The fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine have prompted a first batch of US troops to storm Romania.

According to the country’s defence minister, who spoke on Tuesday, it is meant to bolster NATO’s eastern flank.

In reaction to the development, US President Joe Biden announced last week that he is sending 1,000 soldiers to Romania and 2,000 to Poland.

Biden’s concern in the issue is Russia’s refusal to pull back troops poised on Ukraine’s borders.

Romanian Defence Minister Vasile Dancu while speaking to reports said, “More than 100 US soldiers, specialists, who are preparing this deployment, have arrived,”

“It won’t take long until the rest of the troops will arrive,” he added.

Meanwhile, the headquarters building of the United States Department of Defense the Pentagon, also commented on the development. They said that the Stryker Squadron to be relocated to Romania was coming from Vilseck, Germany.

While France’s president Emmanuel Macron said he’s ready to send hundreds of troops to Romania under NATO command, the first batch of US soldiers arrived in Poland over the weekend.

France’s Defence Minister, Florence Parly said last week in Bucharest that French experts are preparing the deployment and have already arrived in Romania.

Romania, a NATO member since 2004, already hosts around 900 US troops, as well as 140 Italian and 250 Polish troops.