The US recommended its citizens not to travel to Belarus and urged them to leave the country


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The US State Department on Monday warned US citizens not to travel to Belarus due to increased Russian military activity near the Ukrainian border and urged residents to leave the country on commercial flights.

“Due to an increase in Russian military activity near the border with Ukraine, US citizens who are in Belarus or are considering traveling to it should be aware that the situation is unpredictable and that there is heightened tension in the region.”the US State Department has said in a travel alert.

In this sense, US citizens in Belarus “should depart immediately via commercial or private flights” due to “arbitrary law enforcement, risk of detention, ‘worrying’ Russian military buildup along the Ukrainian borderCOVID-19 and related entry restrictions.”

Thus, the State Department has indicated that its ability to provide emergency services in Belarus “is already severely limited” and has reminded citizens residing in the country “to exercise greater awareness and vigilance regarding political tensions and military in the region.

A view shows the Gozhsky training ground during military exercises conducted by the armed forces of Russia and Belarus in the Grodno region
A view shows the Gozhsky training ground during military exercises conducted by the armed forces of Russia and Belarus in the Grodno region

“U.S. citizens are advised to avoid public demonstrations and to periodically re-evaluate potential exit plans in the event of an emergency.”has moved the State Department, adding that “potential harassment directed specifically at foreigners is possible.”

“Given the heightened volatility of the situation, US citizens are strongly advised not to travel to Belarus.”has settled.

In early February, the United States issued another alert for the same circumstances, urging its citizens not to travel to Belarus due to the “Russian military build-up” along the border with Ukraine, and also ordered relatives of employees of its Embassy in Minsk to leave the country.

(With information from Europe Press)

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