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Latvia Asks Its Citizens to Refrain From Travelling to Ukraine

The Latvian government has advised its citizens not to travel to Ukraine, as the latter is dealing with safety issues due to the situation on its border with Russia under tension.

In addition, the Baltic country has revealed that it plans to evacuate its embassy staff in Ukraine, if necessary, TheSchengen.com reports.

“If it is necessary to visit Ukraine, we invite you to register with the Consular Register of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevix said on Facebook.

Previously, the French government issued a similar statement, saying that French citizens and permanent residents are advised to refrain from traveling to Ukraine until further notice.

This travel advice, issued by both France and Latvia, came after the publication of the following statement from NATO.

NATO will continue to take all necessary measures to protect and defend all allies, including strengthening the eastern part of the alliance. “We will always respond to any deterioration in our security environment,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement.

In addition, the US State Department has previously announced that it is ordering family members of diplomats to leave their missions in Ukraine in order to keep these individuals safe from the conflict taking place at the eastern European country’s northern and eastern borders.

It is estimated that around 100,000 Russian soldiers are currently deployed on the border with Ukraine, and member states have shown their support as Denmark has decided to send a frigate and warplane, while Spain has revealed its plans to boost naval deployment. In addition, the Netherlands has a ship and land units ready, and the French government has offered to send troops to Romania in an effort to help Ukraine.

Moreover, France has revealed that it is open to adapting to the EU position as it deems necessary.

The situation in Ukraine has also mobilized other authorities, as former European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stated that Ukraine would receive 1.2 billion euros in financing to cover financial hardships during the conflict.

We then move on to the rapid disbursement of the first tranche of 600 million euros. Furthermore, we will soon begin work on a second, long-term State Department program to support the country’s modernization efforts. Second, the Commission will almost double its bilateral assistance to Ukraine in the form of grants this year: another 120 million euros will be allocated. In a statement, the President of the European Union Commission said that this support will enhance Ukraine’s state-building efforts and its resilience.

She also noted that the European Union plans to benefit from more than 6 billion euros in investments in Ukraine in the coming years, and von der Leyen also expressed its support for the country of more than 44 million people.

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