China’s embassy in Ukraine is working as normal, a government official said on Monday.

“The Chinese embassy in Ukraine is currently operating normally,” Wang Wenbin, spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, told a news conference in Beijing.

Wang said the Chinese mission “will continue to provide consular protection and assistance to Chinese nationals and enterprises in Ukraine and safeguard their safety and rights,” Chinese public broadcaster CGTN reported.

He was responding to questions whether China intends to pull out its mission staff from Ukraine which sees military tensions with Russia after Moscow amassed more than 100,000 troops near Ukraine, prompting fears that the Russia could be planning another military offensive against its ex-Soviet neighbor.

Many countries have issued travel advisories against any trip to Ukraine while the US asked its non-essential staff to leave the country.

Australia also said on Monday it is completely evacuating its embassy in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv amid fears that a Russian invasion may be imminent.

Russia denies it is preparing to invade and accuses Western countries of undermining its security through NATO’s expansion towards its borders.

The Kremlin also issued a list of security demands to the West, including a rollback of troop deployments from some ex-Soviet states, and guarantees that Ukraine and Georgia would not join NATO.

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