The United States closed its embassy in Minsk and permitted non-emergency workers and family members to evacuate its embassy in Moscow on Monday. As Russia went forward with its invasion of Ukraine for a 5th day.
“We took these steps due to security and safety issues stemming from the unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces in Ukraine,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated.
A photo put out on Twitter by the U.S. shuts embassy in Belarus ambassador to Belarus Julie Fisher on Monday showed mission workers lowering the American flag. All American employees have evacuated Belarus, Fisher tweeted.
The U.S. shuts the embassy in Belarus, citizens in Belarus should also leave as soon as possible. The State Department stated in another travel advisory.
The United States had already re located its Ukrainian embassy work from the capital city of. Kyiv to the western city of Lviv a few weeks ago as Russian forces gathered at. Ukraine’s borders.
The newest evacuations come after Russian President Vladimir. Putin put Russia’s nuclear deterrent on high alert on Sunday in the face of a number of Western taunts for his war on Ukraine, which said it had stopped Russian ground forces attacking its largest cities.
On Sunday, the U.S. State Department stated American citizens should think of leaving Russia as soon as possible on commercial flights, stating an increasing amount of airlines canceling flights and countries shutting their airspace too. Russia after its invasion of Ukraine.
Russia on Monday stopped airlines from 36 countries from using Russian airspace.
European nations and Canada on Sunday went to shut their airspaces to Russian aircraft. The United States is thinking of a similar reprisal but is yet to make a concrete decision.
U.S. bureaucrats on Monday warned Belarus will also have to face consequences for its role in helping. Russia with the attack as Washington and its allies put out severe economic sanctions on Moscow. The EU also warned it would impose new sanctions on Belarus this coming week.