"The Biden administration is exploring options for a potential evacuation of US citizens from Ukraine if Russia were to invade the country and create a dire security situation," the message reads.
It is noted that contingency planning is headed by the Pentagon. Currently, the administration does not see the need for evacuation, as airlines are still operating from Ukraine's international airports and land borders with Ukraine's western neighbors are open. However, the country is already discussing the safety of its citizens in Ukraine.
The administration takes seriously the possibility of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
The Pentagon is currently planning a number of different scenarios in the event of an evacuation, ranging from the evacuation of US government officials to the evacuation of all US citizens.
"The State Department would be responsible for ultimately determining whether an evacuation operation is necessary. Right now some planning is underway by the State Department's diplomatic security for either an authorized or ordered departure of diplomats from the country should the situation warrant it."
As it was reported, there are 94.300 servicemen of the regular Russian army on Ukraine's border and in the occupied territory of Donbas.
Recently, analysts of the Russian investigative group Conflict Intelligence Team stated that Russia continues to transport military equipment to the border with Ukraine.
Blinken theorized that Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to invade Ukraine. At the moment, it is not yet known whether he made a decision.
U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke over a secure video call on Tuesday, December 07, in what is expected to be a highly consequential meeting for the two leaders amid escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine.