Decision Came to Suspend Operations at U.S. Embassy in Belarus

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko watches military drills via videoconference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
  • U.S. shutters embassy in Belarus amid Ukraine crisis
  • The U.S. is suspending operations at its embassy in Belarus and is allowing nonemergency employees and family members at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow to leave.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Russia on Sunday warned Americans to leave the country as soon as possible using any commercial option still available. It warned American citizens that the government would not be able to launch an evacuation effort from the country.
  • The decision to suspend operations at the U.S. Embassy in Minsk comes on the fifth day of Russia‚Äôs brazen attack on neighboring Ukraine. Belarus was one of the main staging areas for the invasion ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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