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Newsline: US State Department tells citizens to leave Russia “immediately”

The State Department has issued a travel advisory warning that Moscow “may single out and detain U.S. citizens in Russia” and repeating earlier warnings for Americans not to travel to the country. The State Department warning pointed out that, “U.S. citizens should note that U.S. credit and debit cards no longer work in Russia, and options to electronically transfer funds from the United States are extremely limited as a result of sanctions imposed on Russian banks. There are reports of cash shortages within Russia. “Limited commercial flight options and overland routes by car and bus are still open and available. If you wish to depart Russia, you should make arrangements on your own as soon as possible. The U.S. Embassy has severe limitations on its ability to assist U.S. citizens, and conditions, including transportation options, may suddenly become even more limited.” (https://news.yahoo.com/u-warns-russia-may-detain-122629561.html) The warning was “due to the unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces” as well as the potential for harassment of U.S. citizens by Russian authorities, the travel advisory said, repeating calls for Americans traveling or living in Russia to leave “immediately.”

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