Employees of Dutch Embassy in Kiev Can Leave Ukraine If They Wish - Foreign Minister

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PARIS (Sputnik) - Employees of the Dutch embassy in Kiev and their families, if they wish, can leave Ukraine and return to the Netherlands, but evacuation is not planned, Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra said.
"It's a huge dilemma when you don't want to leave too early... But you also don't want to leave too late so as not to endanger your own people," the Netherlands Broadcasting Foundation (NOS) quoted the minister answering a question about the possible evacuation of embassy staff from Kiev as saying.
There is "no reason" for evacuation, he said, but those employees who want to return to the Netherlands can do so.
Hoekstra said the situation is being assessed every few hours and the position may change.
Earlier, the United States, the UK, Germany and Australia announced plans to evacuate their embassies in Ukraine due to an alleged threat from Russia.
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