U.S. Embassy in Moscow urges all Americans left in Russia to leave to avoid drafting into Putin’s army
The US Embassy in Moscow has told all remaining Americans to leave immediately, to avoid being drafted into Vladimir Putin’s army mobilized to fight in Ukraine.
“Russia may refuse to recognize dual nationals as US citizens, deny them access to US consular assistance, prevent their departure from Russia, and enlist dual nationals for military service,” the embassy said in a statement.
The embassy also warned that leaving Russia has become increasingly difficult as flights fill and borders are closed by Putin’s troops.
“Those residing in or traveling to Russia should leave Russia immediately while there remain limited commercial travel options,” the warning continues.
Putin announced last week that he would mobilize 300,000 military-age men to fight Ukraine, causing chaos at recruiting centers, airports and at borders.
Russians have tried to book flights with single tickets to destinations such as Dubai reaching over $10,000.
“Commercial flight options are extremely limited at this time and are often unavailable on short notice,” the statement continued.
“Land routes by car and bus are still open. If you want to leave Russia, you should make independent arrangements as soon as possible.
“The U.S. Embassy has severe limitations in its ability to assist U.S. citizens, and conditions, including transportation options, may suddenly become even more limited.
The embassy also warned any U.S. citizen planning to protest because “peaceful assembly and freedom of speech are not guaranteed.”
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Tuesday September that the White House would offer political asylum to men fleeing Russia following Putin’s mobilization.
“We see demonstrations in the streets of Russia, we see people signing petitions, and I think the message they send us very clearly is that this war started by Putin…is unpopular,” she said. declared. “There are people over there in Russia who don’t want to fight Putin’s war or die for it.”