Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on January 24 that Canada would not follow the United States by pulling out non-essential staff from the Kiev embassy at this stage and evacuating the family of Ukrainian diplomats in tension with Russia. rice field.
“We make decisions based on ground safety, based on concerns about potential Russian aggression. Trudeau will escalate Russia at a virtual press conference on January 24, It is clear that we continue to work very hard on diplomatic and international tracks. “
Trudeau said the government is “extremely concerned” about the ongoing threat of Russia’s invasion and Ukraine’s invasion, but protects Canadian diplomats and their families “in the unlikely event”. He said there were “many emergency response plans” for.
The United States announced on January 23 that it had approved the departure of some US government officials and ordered the departure of all families of embassy staff.
U.S. Department of State official Busy On condition of anonymity, he said the decision was made out of “adequate attention by Russia’s continued efforts to destabilize the country and jeopardize the security of Ukrainian citizens and others visiting or residing in Ukraine.”
Officials did not say whether the move was triggered by certain recent developments, but only said that “Russian military action could occur at any time.”
When asked at a press conference whether the blunder of Afghanistan’s withdrawal influenced Washington’s decision on Ukraine’s alert approach, a senior official said, “This is a situation-focused decision in Ukraine, with the Kiev embassy. What is best for Americans Ukrainian citizens. “
On January 23, the State Department changed Ukraine’s travel advisory from “Do not travel due to COVID concerns” to “Do not travel due to increasing threat of Russian military action”. Canada’s travel counsel states to avoid non-essential travel due to Russia’s invasion and increased military power.
Another senior official on behalf of the Bureau of Consular Affairs said he encouraged US citizens to consider leaving the country now.
Officials also announced that the United States will provide Ukraine with $ 200 million worth of new weapons, including ammunition for “frontline defenders,” and that the first cargo will arrive in Kiev on January 22.
Ukraine was not pleased with the US decision to dismiss its diplomatic staff.
“We respect foreign rights to ensure the safety and security of the diplomatic mission, but we believe that such a step is premature and an example of excessive caution,” said Ukrainian Foreign Minister. Oleg Nikolenko, a spokesman for the Minister, said. On twitter January 24th.
Canada announced last week that it would provide Ukraine with a $ 120 million loan, and Trudeau said military aid provisions were not off the table.
“We will continue to stay there to respond as much as possible to support Ukraine. This is very important to us,” Trudeau said, and the situation in Ukraine is to come. He said it would be discussed in a cabinet meeting within a few days.