European Union diplomats not going to leave Ukraine

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Kyiv, Jan 24 : The European Union will find out from US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken why the US has decided to evacuate some of its diplomats from Ukraine, foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Monday, adding that EU diplomats will not leave Ukraine.

“We are not going to do the same thing because, we don’t know any specific reasons, but Secretary Blinken will inform us and we don’t have to dramatize, as far as negotiations are going I don’t think we will leave Ukraine,” Borrell said ahead of an EU foreign affairs council meeting.

Earlier in the day, the US State Department updated its travel advisory for Ukraine urging American nationals to leave the country and authorizing the departure of some embassy staff.

Borrell noted that EU member states are united in their action in the face of the situation around Ukraine, which they coordinate with Washington. “For the time being, we continue building up a strong package of sanctions, but nothing concrete will be approved today because there is a process and the process is underway,” Borrell said, adding that sanctions will be ready when necessary.

When asked if Berlin is reluctant to EU’s aspiration for sanctions against Russia, given the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, he noted that Germany is in close cooperation with the rest of the EU nations.

“All members of the EU are reliable partners,” Borrell stressed. Tensions around Ukraine have flared up in recent months over alleged Russian military buildup near the border with its neighbor, claimed by Kiev and the West.

Moscow has dismissed accusations, pointing out to NATO’s increased military activities near Russian borders, which it considers to be a threat to its national security. Earlier this month, Russia held several security meetings with the West in various formats to discuss its proposals on security guarantees, on which the Western response is awaited.

UNIINDIA / SPUTNIK

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