European Union not following US lead in evacuating Ukraine embassy staff, official says

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The European Union will not be following the United States’ lead in ordering the families of embassy personnel in Ukraine to evacuate the country over concerns about a potential Russian invasion, an official announced Monday.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell made the declaration as NATO revealed its sending fighter jets and ships to the region, where tensions are increasing by the day.

"We are not going to do the same thing," Borell said Monday when asked whether the EU would follow a U. S. move and order the families of European embassy personnel in Ukraine to leave.

Borell added that he is keen to hear from Secretary of State Antony Blinken about the U. S.’ decision to do so, according to the Associated Press.

"We are showing unprecedented unity about the situation in Ukraine, with the strong coordination with the U. S.," Borell also said after chairing a meeting in Brussels between EU foreign ministers.

U. S. officials told Fox News over the weekend that the State Department has ordered families of U.S. Embassy personnel in Ukraine to begin evacuating the country as soon as Monday.

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