The United States, following Bulgaria and Poland, called on its citizens to leave Russia immediately because of the ongoing mobilization in the country. About it reported on the website of the US Embassy in Moscow.
Diplomats noted that citizens with dual citizenship can be called up for military service and sent to war in Ukraine. The diplomatic mission asks to leave Russia while there are still opportunities for commercial trips.
“We remind US citizens that the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of speech is not guaranteed in Russia. Avoid any political or social protests and do not photograph security personnel at these events.
On the eve of September 27, Poland recommended that its citizens leave Russia. The country’s Foreign Ministry warned that “in the event of a deterioration in the security situation, closure of borders and other unpredictable events,” evacuation from Russia may be difficult or even impossible due to the lack of air traffic. A similar statement was made by the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry. The department urged citizens to leave Russia as soon as possible, explaining this by the “complicated situation.” Those who remain were advised to “be extra vigilant, avoid crowded places and closely monitor the development of the situation.”
On September 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “partial” mobilization. After that, protests took place all over the country – the protesters were dispersed with stun guns and batons. On September 24, more than 800 people were detained at protests in large cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg and Novosibirsk, and on September 22, more than 1,300.
Other European countries are also concerned about the situation in Russia. Yes, Finland stated about the intention to build a fence on the border in case the Kremlin forbids leaving the country and unrest breaks out. MIA of Latvia suggested impose a state of emergency in regions bordering Russia. A Lithuania led army on high alert.