To avoid being drafted into Vladimir Putin’s army that has been recruited to fight in Ukraine, the American Embassy in Moscow has instructed all Americans still in the country to leave right away.
The embassy issued a warning in a statement, saying that Russia “may refuse to accept dual nationals’ U.S. citizenship, prohibit them access to U.S. consular aid, prevent their departure from Russia, and conscript dual nationals for military duty.”
The embassy has issued a warning that leaving Russia has grown more challenging as a result of overbooked flights and border closures by Putin’s forces.
The advice stated, “Those resident or traveling in Russia should leave Russia immediately while few commercial travel choices remain.”
Putin said last week that he would gather 300,000 men of fighting age to battle Ukraine, causing mayhem in recruitment offices, airports, and border crossing points.
Russians have been trying to book flights out with single tickets to destinations such as Dubai hitting more than $10,000.
‘Commercial flight options are extremely limited at present and are often unavailable on short notice,’ the statement continued.
‘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 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.
The embassy also warned any U.S. citizen considering protesting because ‘peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are not guaranteed’.
White House Press Secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre on Tuesday September said that the White House would offer political asylum to men fleeing Russia following Putin’s mobilization.
‘We are seeing protests in the streets of Russia, we are seeing people sign petitions, and I think the message they are sending to us very clearly is that this war that Putin started … is unpopular,’ she said. ‘There are people out there in Russia who do not want to fight Putin’s war or die for it.’