The United States on Sunday told its citizens in Russia to ‘consider’ leaving immediately, as commercial airlines canceled flights and nations closed airspace in a bid to tighten the screws on Moscow for having invaded Ukraine.
“A growing number of airlines are canceling flights to and from Russia, and many countries have closed their airspace to Russian airlines,” the US Embassy in Moscow said in a statement.
He called on his citizens to “consider leaving Russia immediately through the trade options still available”.
But the US Embassy said Washington was not changing its travel advisory to Russia.
He put in place a Level 4 “Do Not Travel” warning against Russia in January, as tensions over Ukraine grew.
Earlier on Sunday, the European Union, outraged by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s deadly attack on Ukraine, closed its airspace to Russian planes.
The measure cemented what was already de facto largely in place, with many of the 27 EU member countries individually announcing airspace closures to Russian flights.
Canada and Britain have also closed their airspace.
As part of punitive measures, Russia has also closed its airspace to various European carriers.
Meanwhile, Russian carrier Aeroflot announced on Sunday that it was suspending all flights to Europe.