The embassy in Russia asks Americans to leave the country immediately

The diplomatic delegation acknowledges having "severe limitations" in serving U.S. citizens.

The U.S. Embassy in Russia asked its citizens to "immediately" leave the country. A statement posted on the diplomatic mission's website warns of the dangers of remaining in Russia and of the "severe limitations" on the American delegation's ability to care for its citizens.

U.S. citizens should not travel to Russia and those residing in or traveling to Russia should depart Russia immediately while limited commercial travel options remain.

The Embassy recalls that on the 21st, the Russian government initiated a mobilization of its citizens to the armed forces to fight in the war in Ukraine. In this regard, the diplomats noted that " Russia may refuse to acknowledge dual nationals’ U.S. citizenship, deny their access to U.S. consular assistance, prevent their departure from Russia, and conscript dual nationals for military service." That is why they issued this warning to leave the country as soon as possible.

The State Department provides commercial travel information on a web page enabled for travel outside Russia. It includes information on requirements for entering neighboring countries, procedures for traveling with expired U.S. passports in some circumstances, and visa requirements for families with U.S. and Russian citizens. "Overland routes by car and bus are still open.  If you wish to depart Russia, you should make independent arrangements as soon as possible." the statement added.

Finally, the Embassy in Russia reminded Americans that the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of speech are not guaranteed in Russia.

Avoid all political or social protests and do not photograph security personnel at these events.  Russian authorities have arrested U.S. citizens who have participated in demonstrations.