Experts told in what cases they can evacuate diplomats

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The evacuation of diplomats from the country occurs in cases of emergency, the creation of conditions or threats that impede the work of diplomats, experts interviewed by RBC said. Earlier, The New York Times reported on Russia's plans to remove consular employees from Ukraine.

«First— in the place where the embassy or consulate general is located, conditions are created that are not conducive to the solution of the tasks that are assigned to these institutions. For example, state bodies refuse to cooperate with them, hinder the work of diplomats. There may be some threats to employees of diplomatic institutions and members of their families,»,— Alexander Panov, head of the Department of Diplomacy at MGIMO, told RBC.

According to him, such situations are quite weighty arguments to reduce the presence of diplomats in the country.

At the same time, the NYT hint that the potential evacuation of diplomats could be a harbinger of hostilities is not serious, said the head of the MGIMO diplomacy department. If hostilities begin, diplomatic missions are withdrawn from the field of confrontation and the withdrawal of personnel is carried out on a reciprocal basis, he stressed. “For example, when we started a war with Germany, both the personnel of our embassy and the personnel of the German embassy were evacuated after the outbreak of hostilities,” — Panov explained.

He also recalled that the Russian embassy in Kiev was repeatedly attacked. “Maybe now, in connection with the whipping up of hysteria due to the alleged Russian threat, it is not safe for diplomats to go out into the street. And the conditions are becoming such that it is better to play it safe and take the diplomats and their families to Russia. But I don't know the real situation,»— added Panov.

“Evacuation is carried out when there is an emergency. If the situation escalates, if the situation in the host country becomes dangerous, then children and wives are sent first, embassy employees remain, their number is also reduced, — Deputy Chairman of the Association of Russian Diplomats Valery Egoshkin said.

The possible departure of diplomats from two Russian consulates in Ukraine on January 18 was reported by The New York Times, citing a high-ranking official of the Ukrainian security service.

The source of the publication noted that 18 people, including children and wives of diplomats, had already left Ukraine on January 5. Another 30 people should leave the consulates in Kiev and Lvov in the near future, he specified. An unnamed U.S. official said that the U.S. authorities knew about the preparations for the evacuation in late December and early January.

Later, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that the Russian embassy in Kiev was operating normally. RBC was also told at the Foreign Ministry that the Consulate General in Lviv is functioning normally. Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said that Russia had not notified the agency about plans to evacuate diplomats. He added that Ukraine is also not going to take out the employees of its diplomatic missions from Russia.

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