Australian Prime Minister warns citizens to leave Ukraine


Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned the remaining citizens of Ukraine to evacuate. He argued that the threat of Russian aggression made the situation “dangerous.”

Morrison told the media in Sydney on February 12 that he has warned Australians in Eastern Europe to “put themselves in a safe position” since the end of last year.

“Our advice is clear. This is a dangerous situation … you should try to get out of Ukraine,” he said.

He added:

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Jake Sullivan, White House’s National Security Adviser, will speak at a daily briefing at the White House in Washington on January 13, 2022. (Jim Watson via Getty Images / AFP)

Morrison’s comment was made at a White House press conference on February 11 after US national security adviser Jake Sullivan claimed that Russia could invade Ukraine at any time.

“In both Belarus and Russia, looking at the placement of troops on the other side of the Ukrainian border from the north and east, Russians are in a position to undertake large-scale military action in Ukraine. Today.” Sullivan said.

Morrison said his government respects the citizen or dual-citizen decision to stay in Ukraine, but the government’s advice is “very clear.”

These warnings were repeated by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who left Australia on Saturday after participating in consultations as part of the QUAD Strategic Partnership.

Blinken said the United States is pursuing a dual-track approach to Russia, which has gathered “unprovoked” forces along the Russian-Ukraine border. Russia has gathered tens of thousands of troops and artillery along its border with Ukraine over the past few months.

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On January 18, 2022, a convoy of Russian armored vehicles will move along the highways of the Crimean Peninsula. (AP photo)

The strategy takes a “responsible” approach of keeping diplomatic dialogue open to resolve differences. But the United States also told Russia that if Russia chose a new path of aggression, “it would face great consequences.”

An estimated 4,000 foreign fighters, including Australians, have joined the Ukrainian militia and regular army. If Russia invades, the numbers can skyrocket.

However, Russia denied the intention of aggression. A series of security requests were made to NATO in December 2021 to ensure that Ukraine could never join a security alliance and to curtail its expansion in Central and Eastern Europe.

However, NATO members do not agree with the Kremlin’s request and instead offer many proposals to reach an agreement with Moscow in other areas, such as arms management, confidence-building measures, and restrictions on military exercises.

NATO members are also sending weapons and missile systems to Ukraine to strengthen their defenses, warning of economic sanctions if Russia invades Ukraine.

Blinken said what is happening in Ukraine is important in Australia and the Indo-Pacific region and clearly refers to China.

“At risk is not the simple territorial integrity of Ukraine, sovereignty, independence, but the very basic principles underlying two World Wars and the Cold War, security and peace. , And the prosperity of countries around the world, “Brinken said. With the availability of joint press February 11th in Melbourne, Australia.

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US Secretary of State Antony Brinken will meet with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Indian Foreign Minister Subramaniyam, and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi at the Melbourne Federal Assembly Office to speak to the media. February 11, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Darrian Traynor / Getty Images)

“We will involve Russia, consider the concerns raised by Russia, share the concerns of our European partners and allies, and see if we can find a way to promote collective security. We have made every effort to be mutually based.

“Principles like one country cannot simply change the borders of another country by force. Principles like one country simply tell other countries their choices, their policies, and the people with whom they are involved. A principle like one country cannot exercise a sphere of influence to make a neighboring country submit to its will.

“Even if Europe is half the world away, if we allow these principles to be punished and challenged, it will affect us here as well. Others are watching. Others are us. We are looking at all of us to see how they react, “Blinken said.

At a quad meeting with US, Indian and Japanese counterparts on February 11, Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne said he had repeated “very deep concerns” about the presence of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border.

“We will continue to support our allies and partners to thwart this type of attack and raise the cost of this type of action.”

Mimi Nguyen Ly contributed to this report.

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