The Foreign Ministry warned of the lack of available flights and the increased volatility of the Russian economy
London has told British nationals to consider leaving Russia, which has been hit with tough sanctions over its decision to invade Ukraine.
“If your presence in Russia is not essential, we strongly advise you to consider leaving by the remaining trade routes”, the Foreign Office said on its website on Saturday.
He also advised UK citizens against all travel to the country, citing “the lack of flight options available to return to the UK and the increased volatility of the Russian economy.
With international sanctions hitting the rouble hard, British nationals should be aware that Russian currency in their possession could lose value over the next few days, the Foreign Office also warned.
According to the agency, those who decide to leave the country should use connecting flights, mainly via the Middle East and Turkey, to return to the United Kingdom, because Europe has closed its airspace to Russian planes and Moscow replied in a tit-for-this fashion.
Russia sent its forces to Ukraine last Thursday, arguing that it was the only way to prevent the “genocide” of the Russian-speaking population of the republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, which separated from Kiev in 2014, causing a long conflict.
Moscow said it was looking to “denazify” and “demilitarize” the Ukrainian government and has no intention of occupying the neighboring country.
Kiev accused Russia of waging an unprovoked war against it and urged the international community to provide assistance.
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