A Pentagon top spokesman confirmed on Wednesday that “aggressive plans are not underway” for Americans living in Ukraine amid heightened tensions between the West and Russia.
“There are no active plans underway in Ukraine for what is called non-combatant evacuation. At this time, there is no design to do this,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told CNN. rice field. “Americans living in Ukraine have enough time to leave Ukraine, and certainly the State Department has revealed that Americans do not want to go to Ukraine now.”
Kirby replied affirmatively when US officials were asked if he wanted to leave Americans in Eastern Europe.
“It’s not really a good time for American citizens to be in Ukraine. We have been actively encouraging people to leave,” he added.And there [are] Currently, there are many means, vehicles, and transportation options available to do this safely. “
Russia launched a major military exercise in Belarus on Thursday morning along the western border between Lithuania and Poland and the eastern border with Ukraine. In recent weeks, about 100,000 troops have already been deployed from Moscow to the area.
However, Russia and Belarus say the training, known as United Resolve, is designed to test whether their troops are ready.Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko announcement December exercises during a joint meeting.
NATO officials last week Guess The exercise involved as many as 30,000 combat troops, and the training was described as “the largest Russian deployment since the Cold War.”
The day before, White House spokesman Jen Psaki told reporters that the exercises did not suggest that Moscow was aiming to ease tensions.
“I think this is certainly like escalation, not an action without escalation,” she said.
In the new diplomatic round, the British Foreign Minister publicly spars with Russia’s Supreme Diplomacy at a meeting in Moscow, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits NATO headquarters in Brussels to visit Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France. Conflict in eastern Ukraine that officials were planning to meet in Berlin.
“To be honest, I don’t think we have made a decision yet,” Johnson said in a press conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels. “But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible that absolutely tragic things can happen right away.”
“This is probably the most dangerous moment and the biggest security crisis Europe has faced for decades in the coming days, and we need to get it right,” he adds. I did. “And I think diplomacy is appropriate, in addition to the combination of sanctions and military resolution.”
Britain’s Foreign Minister Liz Truss was criticized by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Viklov at a press conference.
“I’m honestly disappointed that what we have is a conversation between a fool and a hearing-impaired person … Our most detailed explanation fell into unprepared soil.” Labrov told reporters.
Reuters contributed to this report.