The international community does not share the same vision of the situation in Ukraine in the face of the “threat” from Russia. While Washington has announced the withdrawal of its diplomatic personnel, the European Union believes that the situation should not be “dramatized”.
Faced with the deterioration of the security situation in Ukraine, under the influence of the Russian threat, the United States announced on Sunday the recall of the families of its diplomats, and on Monday, Great Britain announced a similar measure.
“We believe that a Russian invasion (…) could happen at any moment,” a senior American official told reporters on Sunday evening.
London announced not only the withdrawal of the families of its diplomats but also the staff of its embassy in Ukraine, justifying this measure by a “growing threat”.
“Some embassy staff” and their relatives “are in the process of withdrawing from Kyiv in response to the growing threat from Russia”, according to the British Foreign Office, which stressed that “the British Embassy remains open and will continue to carry out its essential tasks”.
Ukraine responded to the US measure on Monday by deeming it “premature” and “excessive”. But Westerners believe that Russia’s intentions are increasingly clear. They accuse him of having
massed tens of thousands of troops on the Ukrainian border and prepare for an imminent invasion.
This episode recalls a similar attitude of the Russian regime which annexed Ukrainian Crimea in 2014. For the moment, the Kremlin denies this intention but also demands, considering itself threatened, that the NATO troops present in neighboring countries leave these territories.
For its part, the European Union announced on Monday that it saw no reason to “dramatize” the tensions between Ukraine and Russia, while calling on the United States to clarify its decision and to consult with Brussels. and let her know if there’s anything she doesn’t know.
“I think we should not dramatize the situation and that we should leave Ukraine, unless the United States provides us with information that justifies this decision”, declared Josep Borrell before a videoconference interview with the head of American diplomacy Antony Blinken, who will “explain to us”.
“We have not taken any decision to request the departure of the families of our diplomats from Ukraine, unless Blinken provides us with information justifying such a movement”, added the European diplomat.
Monday is to be held a meeting of foreign ministers of the European Union, during which the head of American diplomacy must intervene to explain Washington’s decision.