The partial evacuation of US embassy personnel in Ukraine is a precautionary measure due to the alleged threat of an armed Russian invasion of the country, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires ad interim in Ukraine Christina Quinn told ABC.
“This decision was made due to the fact that currently Vladimir Putin and Russia have gathered such military forces on the border that they can take any action at any time. Given this, we felt that, as a precaution, we should ensure the safety of the families of our embassy employees,” the diplomat said.
She compared the alleged concentration of Russian troops on the border with “a gun pointed to the head of Ukraine,” and stressed that the country should not live with such a threat.
At the same time, Queen explained Kiev’s position about the absence of reasons for panic by the “self-control” of the Ukrainians. “I am convinced that President Volodymyr Zelensky takes this threat very seriously and he is being careful and taking the necessary measures,” she said.
Last week, the US State Department ordered the families of employees of the US embassy in Kiev to leave Ukraine and allowed some of the department’s staff to do so voluntarily. The decision was explained by “the continuing danger of the risk of military action on the part of Russia.”
Earlier, Canadian authorities called on the families of their diplomats to leave Ukraine. Also, the Canadian Foreign Ministry asked citizens not to visit this country “due to the situation at the border.”
Prior to this, the Kremlin expressed concern about the actions of the United States around Ukraine. At the same time, according to the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov, the statements of the United States about the readiness to transfer 8,500 troops to Europe will not affect the negotiations on security guarantees.