NATO Flees the Old Russian City of Kiev for Lviv and Brussels

"The safety of our personnel is paramount"

NATO is relocating staff from Ukraine’s capital Kyiv to Lviv, in the west of the country, and to the Belgian capital Brussels for their safety, an alliance official said Saturday.

“The safety of our personnel is paramount, so staff have been relocated to Lviv and Brussels. The NATO offices in Ukraine remain operational,” the official told AFP, without giving numbers.

Several Western countries have already moved diplomats from Kyiv to Lviv, located near the border with Poland, in anticipation of Russian military action.

Brussels hosts NATO’s headquarters.

Ukraine is not a member of NATO, and the alliance does not have any forces there. [Sure it does. The Canadians are operating a training mission in Ukraine to this day.]

But since the late 1990s it has maintained two offices in Kyiv: a NATO Liaison Office and a NATO Information and Documentation Center.

The liaison office’s job is to keep up dialogue between NATO and Ukraine’s government while encouraging a democratic transformation of Ukraine’s defense and security sector. 

According to NATO’s website, it consisted of a civilian head leading a mixed team of NATO military and civilian personnel. The web page, last updated in 2016, said there were a total of 16 staff.

The NATO Information and Documentation Center’s number of personnel was not disclosed. Its job was to inform the Ukrainian public about NATO and support Ukrainian institutions in their communications.

A NATO official said both those offices were located in the same building in Kyiv and were collectively called the NATO Representation to Ukraine.

The official added that staff numbers in the representation varied as advisors from NATO allied countries “come in and out.”

Source: The Moscow Times

  1. Chacko Kurian says

    Time for Prince Vladimir and his bogatyrs to retake Kiev. I’m sure Russia still has heroes-Vladimir Putin, and men like Dobrynia, Alyosha, Ilya Muromets, Stavr Godinovich etc

  2. GMC says

    In other words – Ya , we are Nato and we are trying to start a war with Russia and we will use every Ukie soldier we can get our hands on – in order to fight those nasty evil Russians – so we will be in Brussels – managing the War.
    A Great Target – that new HQs in Brussels.

    1. Helga Weber says

      A nice bomb into Brussel HQ….

  3. nnn says

    I think Zircons will find them in Lviv

  4. Jerôme says

    Kiev is nowadays Khuiev, and U-krajina is Kurvaina….

  5. Steve Ginn says

    POS cowards stir up all the trouble in Ukraine the piss off when the first shots are fired back at them. Worthless grubs!

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