As it seeks to join several of its allies that have resumed operations after evacuating its ambassadors over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Australia is thinking about reopening its embassy in Kyiv, according to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Tuesday, according to Reuters.
“We would like to have a presence on the ground there to assist and to be able to provide that on-ground presence,” Albanese told reporters in Madrid ahead of a NATO summit.
“Australia is considering that … I’ll have more to say on that in coming days and weeks.”
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, several NATO nations, including the United States, recently relocated their embassies back to the nation’s capital.
To disarm Ukraine and defend it against Nazis, Russia refers to its efforts as a “special military operation.” The claim of fascism is unfounded, according to Ukraine and the West, and the war is an unprovoked act of aggression.
Albanese also denounced a Russian missile attack that left at least 18 dead on a Ukrainian retail centre in the central city of Kremenchuk, far from any frontlines.
“This is a civilian target. This reinforces the atrocities being committed in this illegal war of aggression by Russia and why it must stop,” said Albanese, who was invited along with some other non-NATO members for the summit on June 29-30.
Australia, one of the major non-NATO donors to the West’s assistance for Ukraine, has been providing aid and defence gear while also forbidding the sale of alumina and aluminium ores, particularly bauxite, to Russia.
Additionally, it has imposed sanctions on a large number of Russian people and organisations.