Tensions are high surrounding Ukraine. The United States and Europe claim that the country has been surrounded in recent months by around 100,000 Russian troops, as preparation for an invasion.
France advised its nationals on Monday, January 24, to postpone non-essential trips in Ukraine amid rising tensions with Russia.
“As far as possible, it is advisable to postpone non-essential or urgent trips to Ukraine”The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has updated its travel advice.
The US government issued a directive to the families of US diplomats stationed at Kyiv to evacuate the country on Sunday “Due the continual threat of a Russian militarism operation”The American Embassy in Moscow advised Americans to avoid Russia. Recalls were criticized and judged. “premature”Ukraine. London, on the other hand, announced that it was withdrawing staff from its Embassy.
The European Union stated that it was waiting for an explanation from America. “I don’t believe we should dramatize as long as the negotiations continue and they are continuing “, declared the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell said that such decisions would not be made by the EU at the moment, and added that they were not justified.
Nearly eight years ago, Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. This was deemed illegal under the EU. The conflict between the two nations has intensified.
Moscow claims it does not intend to intervene in Ukraine but supports the claims made by pro-Russian separatists in the self-proclaimed republics Lugansk (eastern Ukraine), and has gathered more than 100,000 soldiers and tanks at the border with Ukraine.
NATO announced today that it will be putting forces on standby and sending combat aircraft and ships to support their defense in Eastern Europe, against Russia’s military actions on Ukraine’s border.
The Kremlin retaliated Monday by accusing NATO and the United States “to exacerbate”The tensions. Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesperson, justified the actions of Russian forces by judging “Very high”There is a risk that Kiev will launch an offensive against proRussian separatists in Eastern Ukraine.
Monday saw the European Commission announce that it had proposed a new “emergency assistance package” for Ukraine, worth 1.2 billion Euros. This plan will need to be approved by the European Parliament as well as the United States. members.