Apparently, all states are already expecting a war between Ukraine and Russia. They are at least making all the preparations for this, as recent developments show. The nervousness grows.
Germany has already started work on an evacuation plan for staff at the German embassy in Ukraine, the Bild newspaper has learned. The embassy officials could soon be taken out of the country. The USA is already further: According to US media, the evacuation of embassy employees should start on Monday.
Amid the serious tensions with Russia, the United States sent new military aid to Ukraine on Saturday night.
The cargo plane landed at an airport in Kiev, the US embassy there said on Twitter. It is said to have been 90 tons of cargo, including ammunition “for front-line defense”, ordered by US President Joe Biden (79).
Moscow is closely monitoring Western military support for Kiev. The Kremlin recently sharply criticized the delivery of light anti-tank weapons from Great Britain to Ukraine. More anti-tank missiles and anti-aircraft systems are to be sent from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Spain and the Netherlands will also take over part of the air surveillance over NATO member state Bulgaria. Up to nine fighter jets from the two NATO countries are deployed there. The former Eastern Bloc country Bulgaria is still equipped with Soviet-designed fighter jets. The Bulgarian government is due to decide on the use of Spain’s Eurofighter jets on Monday.
Austria’s Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg (ÖVP) believes that a tough European response is inevitable should Russia invade Ukraine. Anything else would send a devastating signal. However: Europe is also dependent on energy from Russia. Schallenberg is also in favor of tough sanctions – with one caveat: the gas sector should not be affected. “We in Europe are to a certain extent dependent on energy from Russia,” he said in the “Presse am Sonntag”. “We’re not going to be able to change that overnight if we want to have heat and power.”