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Newsline: U.S. Embassy in Moscow urges American citizens to leave Russia ‘immediately’

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow is urging American citizens residing in Russia to leave immediately. “U.S. citizens should not travel to Russia and those residing or traveling in Russia should depart Russia immediately while limited commercial travel options remain,” the embassy said in a security alert. The embassy urged U.S. citizens to make independent arrangements “as soon as possible,” as commercial flight options are extremely limited but overland car and bus routes are still open. The embassy said it has limited options to help Americans in Russia, whose transportation options “may suddenly become even more limited.” “Avoid all political or social protests and do not photograph security personnel at these events,” the embassy warned. “Russian authorities have arrested U.S. citizens who have participated in demonstrations.” (https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/us-embassy-in-moscow-urges-american-citizens-to-leave-russia-immediately/ar-AA12lE9h) The alert also warned Americans that Russia may refuse to acknowledge U.S. citizenship for dual nationals, try to prevent their departure from Russia, prevent access to consular assistance or even conscript dual nationals for military service.

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