Following the US government’s warnings against a possible attack by Russia, other countries are urging their citizens to leave or travel to Ukraine. These include the United States, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Great Britain, Denmark, and Norway. The warning to civilians was also published by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On Friday, Jake Sullivan, national security adviser to US President Joe Biden, warned that the Russian “invasion could begin at any time, including during the ongoing Olympics” in Beijing. Moscow denied this information.
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On the same day or a day later, other countries decided to order their citizens to leave Ukraine or not to travel to that country.
The suspension of travel plans to Ukraine in the event of an escalation of the conflict on the Ukrainian-Russian border was ordered Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The press release explained that in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, “tensions are not easing, a serious threat to the civilian population persists and armed forces are conducting a military operation.” The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued an appeal to leave these areas and warned that it could not provide consular assistance to Polish citizens there.
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German The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced a temporary but immediate closure of the consulate general in Donetsk, which is currently located in the Dnieper. It also called on its citizens who are in Ukraine to leave the country.
“If you are currently in Ukraine, check if your presence is absolutely necessary. If not, leave soon,” it said.
The head of the foreign ministry, Annalena Baerbock, said the German diplomatic post would remain open, but staff would be reduced.
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Queue Great Britain he called on the British to leave Ukraine and advised against traveling to that country. He estimates that the concentration of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine is increasing the risk of military action.
France, Netherlands, Belgium
A warning to its citizens against traveling to Ukraine was issued France. “In the context of tensions caused by the concentration of Russian troops on Ukraine’s borders, it is recommended to be particularly vigilant,” the local foreign ministry said on its website.
Dutch The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has changed its travel advice to Ukraine and marked the country in red, meaning that authorities are advising against traveling to this country for security reasons. According to the ministry’s announcement, most embassy employees in Kiev will soon be leaving the post. The Dutch ambassador to Kiev, Jennes de Mol, urged her on Friday to return to the country during an online meeting with the Dutch community in Ukraine. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also said that a crisis aid center has been established at the consulate in Lviv, where Dutch people can receive consular assistance if the embassy in Kiev ceases to exist. “The security situation was already worrying and has deteriorated further in recent days,” Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra said on Twitter.
He also called for leaving Ukraine Belgium Prime Minister Alexander De Croo. He noted that all trips to Ukraine are “strongly discouraged”. Belgian Foreign Ministry spokesman Wouter Poels admitted that “if the situation worsens, we cannot guarantee evacuation, so it is important to leave the country now.”
Spain, Portugal, Italy
Spanish In a press release, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on citizens not to travel to Ukraine because of the “rapidly changing” situation in Ukraine. “We also recommend that Spaniards currently residing there consider leaving the country temporarily,” the ministry said.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Portugal published a message warning civilians not to travel to Ukraine due to “rising military tensions”.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Italian it called on citizens to leave Ukraine temporarily and prophylactically with “available means of transport”. The ministry advised postponing planned trips to this country if they are not necessary. It was recalled that before that time the Ministry had advised against all trips to Donetsk, Lugansk and Crimea. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also announced that employees whose presence there is not required will leave the embassy in Kiev.
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Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania
Czech The Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned against traveling to Ukraine and Belarus and advised people residing there to leave these countries because of the growing threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. It was also reported that the families of Czech embassy employees would leave Kiev, but the facility would continue to operate.
Slovakia she advised her citizens not to travel to Ukraine. The country is also evacuating the families of diplomats who work at the embassy in Kiev and the consulate in Uzhgorod in the west of the country. The decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bratislava was justified by “the latest intelligence, which speaks of a further deterioration in security and an escalation of tensions”.
Romanian The foreign ministry strongly advised its citizens not to travel to Ukraine and advised those already there to “reconsider” the need to stay in the country. It was also reported that the voluntary repatriation of families of Romanian diplomats working in Kiev and Odessa has ended, and employees who are not key personnel will also be withdrawn from these institutions.
Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia
Taking into account the changing security situation in Ukraine, also Lithuanian The foreign ministry released a statement on Saturday recommending that it refrain from traveling to this country and urging people residing in Ukraine to assess the need for an extension of their stay.
“Please remain vigilant, follow the news, inform your relatives about the whereabouts and follow the official recommendations of the Ukrainian and Lithuanian governments,” the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced. The ministry “strongly advises against going to Crimea and the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts”.
She made recommendations not to travel to Ukraine unnecessarily Estonia† Latvia she advised her citizens to leave the country as soon as possible.
Sweden, Denmark, Norway
Sweden “Due to the serious and unpredictable security situation,” she called on her citizens to leave Ukraine and advised against “all travel” to that country. According to the Swedish embassy in Kiev, there are between 200 and 300 Swedish citizens in Ukraine.
Still on Friday Denmark it advised citizens to leave Ukraine in light of the “serious security situation” in and around the country. The Danish embassy in Kiev remains open.
Norwegian The foreign ministry in Oslo said in a statement that “due to the serious and unpredictable security situation in Ukraine” it is advising against any travel to Ukraine and encouraging citizens to leave the country.
At night from Saturday to Sunday, Polish time, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Australia Marise Payne has announced that the government has decided to temporarily suspend operations at the Australian embassy in Kiev. Payne also shared that employees of the Australian embassy in Kiev were being referred to a temporary office in Lviv, about 70 km from the Polish border. “We continue to advise Australians to leave Ukraine immediately,” the head of Australian diplomacy said in a statement. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a news conference that the situation is “entering a very dangerous phase”, adding that “Russia’s autocratic, unilateral actions to intimidate Ukraine are totally unacceptable”.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Canada Melanie Joly announced on Sunday that the local government has also decided to temporarily suspend its embassy in Kiev and open a temporary post in Lviv. The head of diplomacy warned that the possibilities of consular services in Lviv would be limited. “We will resume the activities of the embassy in Kiev as soon as the security situation in Ukraine allows,” Joly added. On Friday, Canada advised its citizens still in Ukraine to leave the country immediately. On the last day of January, Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Canada is withdrawing from its embassy in Kiev, employees who do not occupy priority positions and families of diplomats who remain in Ukraine. The embassy team would be reinforced with experts in areas such as security sector reform, conflict management, democratic reform, consular service and diplomacy. The Canadian government had already withdrawn the families of its diplomats from Ukraine amid mounting tensions over Russia’s actions.
According to Reuters Turkey she instructed citizens not to travel to eastern Ukraine unless necessary. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said it is “monitoring the security situation in Ukraine very closely”.
According to the local foreign ministry, citizens undertaking necessary travel should “take every possible precaution for their own safety” and contact the Turkish embassy in Kiev before departure.
Embassy Iran in Ukraine, she called on citizens in the area to “keep calm and prepare for a possible state of emergency.” According to the semi-official Iranian news agency ISNA, the facility asked citizens to “keep in touch” with the embassy.
The situation around Ukraine
Russia has concentrated more than 127,000 soldiers on the border with Ukraine. Ukraine and the governments of western countries believe that this is intended to put pressure on Kiev and the capitals that support it. Experts and Western countries are talking about the growing threat of Russian aggression against this country. In addition, Russia has transferred its troops to Belarus, where the Allied Firm 2022 Russo-Belarus maneuvers began on Thursday.
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Late last year, Russia made a series of demands on the US and the West, calling it “security guarantees”. It demands, among other things, legal guarantees against expanding NATO, including to Ukraine. The countries of the Alliance have already ruled out the fulfillment of this postulate. If the demands are not met, Moscow has announced steps, including military ones, though it does not specify which those could be.
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