Russia says Kyiv embassy working normally after report on families leaving

  • World
  • Tuesday, 18 Jan 2022

FILE PHOTO: A general view shows the Russian embassy in Kiev, Ukraine March 26, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday its embassy in Kyiv was operating as usual following a New York Times report that Moscow had begun evacuating the families of staff at its diplomatic missions in Ukraine, the Interfax news agency reported.

The New York Times cited a senior Ukrainian official as saying that 18 people, mostly family members of Russian diplomats, had left Ukraine on Jan. 5. It said around 30 others left the embassy in Kyiv and the consulate in Lviv in western Ukraine over the next few days.

The U.S. newspaper also reported that diplomats at two other Russian consulates had been told to prepare to leave Ukraine.

The Russian foreign ministry did not comment on its consulates in Ukraine but told Interfax that its embassy in Kyiv was operating normally. It did not provide further detail.

The Ukrainian foreign ministry said it had not received any information from Moscow about the evacuation of employees from its diplomatic outposts in Ukraine. It added that Kyiv had no plans to evacuate Ukrainian diplomats from Russia.

Troop movements by Russia near its border with Ukraine have prompted Western fears that Moscow is planning to invade.

Russian authorities deny such a plan but have used the standoff to campaign for security guarantees from the West that would include a stop to NATO's potential expansion eastward and a formal veto on Ukraine, a former Soviet republic, from ever joining the military alliance.

(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber in Moscow and Matthias Williams in Kyiv; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Next In World

Ukraine's former President blocked from leaving the country
First case of monkeypox confirmed in Ireland
Russian ex-president Medvedev calls for tougher 'foreign agent' law
Iran shows off underground drone base, but not its location -state media
U.S. doctors reconsider Pfizer's Paxlovid for lower-risk COVID patients
Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican power broker for decades, dies at 94
Ukraine receives Harpoon missiles and howitzers, says defence minister
Russia says eastern Ukraine town of Lyman is under its full control
Iranian police fire shots, teargas to disperse protests over building collapse
Congo summons Rwandan ambassador over alleged support for M23 rebels

Others Also Read