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US recalls families and diplomats to Kiev and advises against travel to Russia

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The threat of a Russian military operation in Ukraine is increasingly felt. The US government on Sunday ordered the families of US diplomats stationed in Kyiv to leave the country. Local and non-essential Embassy staff have been encouraged to do the same, as have all US nationals residing in Ukraine.

“The security situation, especially along the Ukrainian borders, in Russian-occupied Crimea and in Russian-controlled Donetsk, is unpredictable and could deteriorate at any time,” Washington said. “The United States would not be in a position to evacuate American citizens” in the event that Russia invades the country, a senior American official told reporters. For these same reasons, the State Department also advises against all travel to Ukraine.

London follows suit

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In the process, the US Department of Foreign Affairs advised American nationals not to travel to Russia. The government fears “the possibility of harassment of American citizens”, in particular by Russian police, and “arbitrary application of local laws”.

In the same vein as the United States, London announced on Monday the withdrawal of personnel from its embassy in Kiev in the face of the “growing threat” from Russia. The Foreign Office stresses that “the British Embassy remains open and will continue to carry out its essential tasks”.

Unjustified and “overreaction”

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For their part, the Europeans do not intend to follow in the footsteps of the Americans and the English. “Secretary Blinken will explain the reasons for this announcement. We are not going to do the same, because we do not know the specific reasons”, explained the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell on his arrival for the meeting with EU foreign ministers devoted to the tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

Ukraine, on Monday, judged “premature” and “excessive” Washington’s decision to recall the families of its diplomats stationed in Kiev amid fears of a Russian invasion.

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