The new escalation of tension in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia has led the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to prepare the evacuation plan for Spanish personnel in Ukraine. In recent hours, rumors have multiplied that Vladimir Putin was planning to invade the border country before the end of the Beijing Olympics.
“We are analyzing the situation in contact with our EU and NATO partners and allies. We have the escape device ready to activate it if necessary. Many other countries, also from the EU and NATO, have decided not to change anything for the time being,” Foreign Ministry sources told EL ESPAÑOL.
Spain’s response comes after the United States asked its personnel in Ukraine to leave the country within the next 24 to 48 hoursgiven the “imminent” risk of a possible Russian invasion”. Washington has analyzed the latest movements of Vladimir Putin and his troops, and all information collected by the White House indicates that the Russian leader planned the invasion before February 20.
White House National Security Adviser, JakeSullivanHe told a press conference on Friday that there is “a clear possibility” that Russia will launch an attack on Ukraine, which could take place before the end of the Winter Olympics in Beijing on February 20.
“Any American in Ukraine should leave as soon as possible, and in any case within the next 24 to 48 hours,” said adviser to the American president, Joe Biden. “There is no prospect of a US military evacuation in the event of a Russian invasion,” he added.
The United States is not the only country to have mobilized its citizens living in Ukraine: this Friday, the two UK What Israel asked their staff to leave the country.
The British government asked the British to do it as long as there are still “commercial” means.
The UK Foreign Office has updated its travel advisory page to warn against all travel to Ukraine and stress that Brits in this country must ‘get out now’.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed in a virtual meeting with other world leaders that “he fears for the security of Europe in the current circumstances”, as Downing Street reported in a statement.
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