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Newsline: Austria may evacuate embassy staff from Ukraine

Austria has evacuation plans for embassy staff in Kiev but a decision to implement them will only be made if necessary and depends on developments in Ukraine, Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg told reporters in Brussels on Monday before an EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting. “Of course, we have plans for evacuating the embassies in Kiev, but so far we have not started this because it is very important for us right now, in this phase, to have a maximum presence there. If the situation becomes dangerous and risks emerge, something we are monitoring closely, appropriate steps will be taken,” Schallenberg said. (https://tass.com/world/1392429) Schallenberg also said that the EU is considering the possibility of imposing sanctions against Russia in several stages, depending on how the situation develops.

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