The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has recommended to Spaniards living in Ukraine to consider “seriously” the possibility of abandoning it temporarily in the face of the threat of armed conflict in the area.
According to the ministry that directs Jose Manuel Albares on its website, “given the volatile security situation” It is recommended not to travel to the area and the Spanish community in Ukraine – made up of about 500 people – is advised to “seriously consider the possibility of temporarily abandoning it through the commercial means available, as long as current circumstances persist“.
These recommendations have been taken within the framework of the meeting of ambassadors of the European Union in Kiev and, according to sources from Moncloa, the Prime Minister, assure RTVE, Pedro Sánchez, has informed the king about this issue by telephone and the leader of the opposition, Paul Marriedwhom he thanked for his support.
Casado has confirmed that conversation through a message on his Twitter account.
“Called me @sanchezcastejon to inform me about new developments in relation to the Ukraine crisis.
I have reiterated the support of the Popular Party so that the Government fulfills Spain’s responsibilities within the framework of NATO and the EU.“
– Pablo Casado Blanco (@pablocasado_) February 12, 2022
It has also informed the partners of the government coalition through the second vice president, Yolanda Diazand has promised to keep you informed of any developments.
Likewise, the Foreign Minister, José Manuel Albares, will inform the spokesmen of the parliamentary groups.
“Ready” for evacuation
This Saturday sources from the Ministry confirmed to Europa Press that Spain is “prepared” to activate the evacuation device in Ukraine while asking to remain calm.
At the moment, the situation is being “analyzed” but this evacuation device is “ready” to be activated “if necessary”. In this regard, the same sources have confirmed that many other EU and NATO countries have decided “not to change anything for the time being” and maintain the same position as Spain.
The possibilities of a Russian intervention in Ukrainian territory have increased in recent days. On Friday, the White House gave a within 48 hours to US citizens residents in Ukraine to leave the country in the face of the “possibility” of an attack from Moscow at any time, while this Saturday the State Department of The US has ordered the departure of its diplomatic employees due to the “continuing threat of Russian military action”.
Other countries like UK, Germany or Lithuania They have asked their citizens to leave the country due to the possibility of a war. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian government has called for calm and has ensured that its armed forces are ready to repel any attack.
NATO estimates that some 100,000 Russian soldiers are near the Ukrainian bordersEnough to carry out a military invasion.