London is also withdrawing embassy staff from Kiev


Wue to the worsening situation between Russia and Ukraine, Great Britain is also withdrawing employees from its embassy in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. In response to the growing threat from Russia, some employees and relatives would be recalled from the embassy, ​​the Foreign Office said in London on Monday morning.

The American government had previously announced that it would reduce its embassy presence in Kiev in view of the increasing tensions. Family members of diplomats have been asked to leave Ukraine. Kiev criticized this as “excessive caution”. “We consider such a step by the American side to be premature,” the Foreign Ministry said on Monday in the capital Kiev. The security situation has “not fundamentally changed”.

Borrell: Don’t have to dramatize

Unlike the United States and Great Britain, the European Union currently sees no reason to ask embassy staff and family members of diplomats to leave the country. “I don’t think we need to dramatize,” said EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Monday on the sidelines of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels. As long as negotiations with Russia were still going on, he didn’t think it was necessary to leave Ukraine.

At the same time, Borrell admitted that the assessment of the situation could change. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who was supposed to be connected to the EU meeting via video conference, would explain Washington’s announcement, the Spaniard said.

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With a massive Russian troop build-up near the border with Ukraine, there are fears in the West that the Kremlin may be planning an invasion of the neighboring country. Moscow rejects this and demands security guarantees from the USA and NATO.


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