US State Department: Families of US diplomats to leave Kyiv

The reason for this is the “continued threat of a Russian military operation,” the ministry said on Sunday. Other US citizens living in Ukraine should “now consider” leaving the country by commercial flight or other means of transportation, the ministry said.

Despite the tense situation, the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin said it did not intend to withdraw personnel from Ukraine. The security situation is being observed “very carefully,” it said.

Meanwhile, Kiev’s mayor Vitali Klitschko spoke of a huge disappointment in his country about the German government’s adherence to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and a ban on the supply of weapons. “This is failure to provide assistance and betrayal of friends in a dramatic situation in which our country is threatened by Russian troops from several borders,” Klitschko told the newspaper “Bild” (Monday edition). Many wondered whether the German government was “on the side of freedom” or “on the side of the aggressor.” Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba had previously criticized a refusal by the German government to supply arms to his country.

The foreign ministers of the EU states want to exchange views on the latest developments in the conflict with Russia with their US colleague Antony Blinken this Monday. According to the EU’s foreign service, the American politician will join a physical meeting of European ministers in Brussels via video conference. One of the topics of the deliberations will be how to deal with demands made by Russia that are considered unacceptable.

Blinken is also expected to report on the recent crisis talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, in Geneva. In view of a massive Russian troop deployment near Ukraine, there are currently fears in the West that the Kremlin could be planning an invasion of the neighboring country. However, it is also considered possible that fears are only to be stirred up in order to persuade the NATO countries to make concessions when demands for new security guarantees are made. It is Russia’s declared goal, for example, that NATO refrain from further eastward expansion and withdraw its armed forces from the eastern alliance states. NATO, but also the EU, reject these demands as unacceptable.

According to diplomats, it is planned that the 27 EU states will make their position on the conflict clear again this Monday with a joint declaration. Furthermore, sanctions planning should be pushed ahead in the event that Russia should actually attack Ukraine. In addition to the conflict with Russia, the latest developments in Mali, Sudan, Libya and Syria will also be discussed during the discussions in the EU circle.

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