The ministry advised dependents of US embassy personnel in Kiev that they should leave the country. He also said that non-essential personnel working in the embassy can leave the country at government expense.
The US government has taken this step at a time when tensions have increased due to increasing Russian military presence on the Ukrainian border. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks on Friday to ease tensions, but to no avail.
State Department officials said the embassy in Kiev would remain open and the announcement did not mean the evacuation of US officials from Ukraine. He said the move was being discussed for a long time and it does not mean that the US is reducing its support for Ukraine.
AP Simmi Vaibhav