The U.S. Embassy in Moscow warned U.S. citizens on Sunday that they should consider leaving the country as soon as possible due to more countries imposing airspace restrictions on Russia.
“An increasing number of airlines are canceling flights into and out of Russia, and numerous countries have closed their airspace to Russian airlines,” the embassy said in a statement. “U.S. citizens should consider departing Russia immediately via commercial options still available.”
The embassy added that U.S. citizens should have a contingency plan “that does not rely on U.S. government assistance.” Americans also should monitor local and international media, keep in contact with family and friends, stay alert to their surroundings when in public, review security plans and always carry their passports with current Russian visas, the embassy advised.
The travel advisory level for Americans has remained at level four since January. This means that Americans are urged not to travel to Russia due to ongoing tension along the border with Ukraine, the potential for harassment against U.S. citizens, the embassy’s limited ability to assist U.S. citizens in Russia, COVID-19 and related entry restrictions, terrorism, harassment by Russian government security officials, and the arbitrary enforcement of local law.”
This security alert follows the State Department’s announcement earlier this month warning Americans against traveling to Belarus because of the buildup of Russian troops along the country’s border with Ukraine.
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