Kuwaitis warned off Ukraine

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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 12: The Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry on Saturday urged Kuwaiti citizens planning to travel to Ukraine to delay the travel “for the time being.” The ministry, in a statement, called on the Kuwaiti nationals, currently present in Ukraine, to leave the country instantly “for sake of their safety.” Moreover, the ministry advised the Kuwaitis in this country to contact the Kuwaiti Embassy in Kiev on the phone numbers: +380-63-665-0066, +380-63- 503-0966 and +380-63-956- 6664.” MP Abdullah Al-Turaiji has called on His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid to request for a special session to discuss the possible launching of World War III. The lawmaker asked the premier to prepare a presentation for the special session or assign the concerned ministers to conduct presentations at the National Assembly Office or parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee to inform the MPs about preparations for the war. He stressed the need for the government to reveal the facts and address the citizens’ concerns.

On his Twitter account, MP Muhammad Al- Mutair asked the government about its plan in case the war happens; especially since most countries exporting wheat including the United States of America, Russia and China will probably be involved in the war. He warned about the food shortage and security crisis that Kuwait might face if the government fails to fully prepare for the war.

The United States is set to evacuate its embassy in Kiev as Western intelligence officials warn that a Russian invasion of Ukraine is increasingly imminent. U.S. officials said the State Department plans to announce early Saturday that virtually all American staff at the Kyiv embassy will be required to leave ahead of a feared Russian invasion. A small number of officials may remain inKiev but the vast majority of the almost 200 Americans at the embassy will be sent out or relocated to Ukraine’s far west, near the Polish border, so the U.S. can retain a diplomatic presence in the country. The State Department would not comment. The department had earlier ordered families of U.S. embassy staffers in Kyiv to leave. But it had left it to the discretion of nonessential personnel if they wanted to depart. The new move comes as Washington has ratcheted up its warnings about a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said a small number of U.S. diplomats may be relocated to Ukraine’s far west, near the border with Poland, a NATO ally, so the U.S. could retain a diplomatic presence in the country.

The Pentagon announced Friday it is sending another 3,000 combat troops to Poland to join 1,700 who already are assembling there in a demonstration of American commitment to NATO allies worried at the prospect of Russia invading Ukraine. The additional soldiers will depart their post at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, over the next couple days and should be in Poland by early next week, according to a defense official, who provided the information under ground rules set by the Pentagon. They are the remaining elements of an infantry brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division. Britain on Friday urged its nationals to leave Ukraine “immediately” due to the “growing threat” of a Russian invasion as it announced plans for an additional withdrawal of some of its embassy staff in Kiev. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff and Agencies

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