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The Foreign Ministry called Psaki’s words about the evacuation of diplomats from Ukraine a provocation

Maria Zakharova called Jen Psaki's words about the evacuation of diplomats from Ukraine a provocation The White House press secretary said that Russia had prepared for the evacuation of the families of diplomats from Ukraine in late December – early January. Zakharova in response asked: what does she care about the embassy? The Foreign Ministry called Psaki's words about the evacuation of diplomats from Ukraine a provocation” />

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Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, commenting on the White House's statement about Moscow's plans to “evacuate” diplomats and their families from Ukraine, said it was a provocation.

“I have a question: what's the matter (White House press secretary Jen.— RBC) Psaki and the American side before what happens to the embassies of other countries?»— she asked on the air of the Soloviev Live YouTube channel. “All this can be described as provocative behavior,” — added the diplomat.

In Moscow, they understand that “these sources of the SBU, an American newspaper without connecting Moscow correspondents and the White House,” who reported on the evacuation of the Russian embassy— “It's one bundle,” Zakharova pointed out. Most importantly, what it says — about their involvement “in the preparation of provocations,” the representative of the Foreign Ministry noted.

The day before, on January 18, Psaki stated that Russia had prepared for the evacuation of the families of diplomats from Ukraine at the end of December— early January.

As The New York Times reported, citing a source in the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), staff at two Russian consulates were ordered to prepare to leave. On January 5, 18 people have already left Ukraine, most— children and wives of Russian diplomats. About 30 more people will leave Kiev and Lvov in the near future, the source said.

In response, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced the regular work of the diplomatic mission in Kiev. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, in turn, reported that they had not received information from Russia about the evacuation of the diplomatic mission staff.

Reports about the departure of Russian diplomats appeared on against the backdrop of Western accusations of preparing an “invasion” to Ukraine. Moscow has repeatedly denied these accusations.

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