“We will always respond to any deterioration in our security environment, including strengthening our collective security,” he added.
Latvia’s Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvič has called on NATO to address the “continuous” Russian and Belarusian military on the Ukrainian border with “appropriate” counter-measures.
“It is time to increase the presence of Allied forces in the eastern part of the Alliance as a security and preventive measure,” he added.
Speaking to reporters on his way to the EU Foreign Council in Brussels on Monday, the camp’s chief diplomat Joseph Borel said no decision had been made on ordering EU embassy staff and their families to leave Ukraine.
“We’m not going to do that because we do not know any specific reasons,” Borel said.
The UK Foreign Office announced on Monday that some British embassy staff and dependents would be withdrawn from Kiev in response to growing threats from Russia.
A spokesman for Elysee told CNN that representatives of the four countries involved in the “Normandy Format” talks – France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine – would meet on Wednesday to discuss the situation in Ukraine.
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