Moscow will likely advise non-essential staff at its embassy to leave Ukraine

MOSCOW, February 10. /TASS/. Russia will likely advise non-essential staff at its diplomatic missions in Ukraine to leave the country amid actions by Anglo-Saxon colleagues, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a news conference on Thursday after of talks with UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs Liz Truss.

“By the way, we also started to think about it, maybe it’s the Anglo-Saxons who are plotting something if they evacuate their personnel? We have looked at their actions and, probably, we will also notify the non-essential personnel of our diplomacy. missions to go home for a while. I don’t know what our Anglo-Saxon colleagues are doing,” noted the senior Russian diplomat.

Concerns about Moscow’s alleged preparations for an invasion of Ukraine have been increasingly voiced in the West and in Kyiv recently. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov slammed the statements as an empty and baseless escalation of tension, stressing that Russia poses no threat to anyone. At the same time, the Kremlin press secretary did not rule out possible provocations to justify such claims and warned that attempts to resolve the Ukrainian conflict by force would have extremely serious consequences.