Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has advised all its citizens to refrain from traveling to Ukraine as the latter is currently dealing with security issues due to heightened tensions with Russian forces in the eastern and northern borders of its territory.
The Norwegian authorities advise against all travel to Donetsk and Luhansk, as well as to Crimea, occupied since 2014.
However, since the situation is now considered dangerous in all Ukrainian regions, the ministry has introduced travel advice that applies to the entire country, TheSchengen.com reports.
In case someone needs to travel to Ukraine, the authorities suggested that they make sure they have valid travel insurance.
“If you choose to travel to Ukraine now, we encourage you to make thorough assessments of your personal safety and to contact your insurance company to ensure you have valid travel insurance,” the ministry emphasized.
As for the citizens of Norway who are currently in Ukraine, the ministry has advised them to follow developments closely and to return to the country if possible.
Latvia and France issued the same travel advice. Authorities in Latvia have urged its citizens not to take any trips to Ukraine, at least for the time being. In addition, the same has revealed that it plans to evacuate its embassy staff if necessary.
Similarly, the French authorities said that everyone should refrain from traveling to Ukraine, indicating that the government is ready to adjust its positions regarding the situation in Ukraine.
The travel advice issued by these three countries comes on the heels of a statement by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which said they would always respond to “any deterioration in our secure environment”.
It is estimated that approximately 100,000 Russian soldiers are currently deployed on the border with Ukraine. However, the member states did not stand idly by against this situation.
Denmark decided to send a frigate and a warplane, while Spain announced that it plans to strengthen the naval deployment. In addition, the Netherlands has land and ship units ready, and France has offered to send troops to Romania in order to help Ukraine. The United States also put its forces on alert.
Other authorities have also mobilized. The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced yesterday that the Commission will allocate a new support package of 1.2 billion euros in the form of an emergency financial aid package and 120 million euros in additional grants to Ukraine.
The European Union stands firmly with Ukraine. We discussed the current security situation. “The European Union is ready to provide more financial support to Ukraine and to strengthen our energy partnership,” von der Leyen wrote on her official Twitter account.