Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang (Photo: VNA)
Hang made the statement while answering questions from Vietnamese and foreign journalists about Vietnam’s reaction to recent tense developments in Ukraine and the protection of its citizens.
She called on the parties concerned to exercise restraint, to respect the Charter of the United Nations and the fundamental principles of international law, not to use force, to protect people and to continue dialogue to seek peaceful solutions, thus helping to ensure peace, security, stability and cooperation in the region and the world.
Vietnam demands that the safety of lives, property as well as legal rights and interests of Vietnamese citizens and businesses in Ukraine be ensured, she stressed.
The spokesperson informed that Vietnamese representative offices in Ukraine and national authorities are coordinating closely and are ready to implement plans to protect citizens.
Vietnamese in Ukraine advise to stay vigilant, protect yourself well
The Vietnamese community in Ukraine is advised to closely monitor developments and try to ensure the safety of their lives and property in the context of the current political tensions.
Sharing the difficulties faced by the community, the Foreign Ministry asked the Vietnamese to keep calm and strictly follow the notifications and directives from local authorities.
Security, order and traffic in some cities can be unstable, so people should consider staying put, packing essentials and finding safe shelter; and carefully check luggage, vehicles, oil and personal papers if they really need to move, the ministry noted.
He also recommended Vietnamese expatriates to stay in touch with Vietnamese associations and friends and help each other.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Vietnamese Embassy in Ukraine will work to protect citizens and help the community overcome difficulties.
To receive assistance when needed, Vietnamese in Ukraine can contact the following phone numbers and emails:
Vietnamese Embassy in Ukraine: 380 63 863 8999; Email: [email protected]
Citizen protection call center of the consular service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 84 981 84 84 84; email: [email protected]
Call Center of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 84 24 38240 401 ext. 0 or 100 (outside office hours) or 141 269 (during business hours) Office) ; email: [email protected]
Vietnamese community in Ukraine is monitoring situation closely with calm, says ambassador
The Vietnamese Embassy in Ukraine has been following the Vietnamese community and closely monitoring developments in the host country, Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thach said, advising the community to keep calm.
The situation in the capital Kyiv and major cities of Ukraine remains normal, without disturbances, the diplomat said on February 24.
He stressed that the embassy is closely monitoring all developments and remains in close contact with relevant Ukrainian agencies.
He also maintains regular contact with the Vietnamese community and understands their situation, he said, adding that currently everyone is following the situation calmly.
Ambassador Thach affirmed that the embassy will accompany and support the Vietnamese community in the necessary circumstances to ensure the safety of all Vietnamese citizens in Ukraine.
Anyone in need of assistance or wishing to provide information on Vietnamese in trouble may contact the Citizen Protection Hotline of the Embassy of Vietnam in Ukraine at 380 (63) 863 8999 or the hotline of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs foreigners at 84-981-848-484, he said.
On the same day, amid the current complicated developments in Ukraine, the Consular Department warned Vietnamese citizens not to travel to conflict areas except in really necessary cases, while keeping a close eye on the situation and strictly following the warnings and instructions given by the local authorities and the Vietnam Embassy in Ukraine to ensure the safety of people and property.