It’s been quite a few weeks for worrying about our national security in America. And now the Biden Administration is warning the nation of deteriorating conditions in Russia. There was a new travel advisory issued Sunday in which the State Department did not mince words about the dangers facing U.S. citizens at the hand of Putin’s government.
The warning said there were “unpredictable consequences of the unprovoked full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces, the potential for harassment and the singling out of U.S. citizens for detention by Russian government security officials, the arbitrary enforcement of local law, limited flights into and out of Russia, the Embassy’s limited ability to assist U.S. citizens in Russia, and the possibility of terrorism.”
Americans were told to cancel any plans to travel to the country. The State Department also said that U.S. citizens already residing in Russia should leave immediately and exercise increased caution.
The Biden Administration said that if any Americans experience any trouble in Russia, it’s unlikely we will be able to do anything for Americans who aren’t near the main U.S. outpost in Moscow.
They wrote that the U.S. government’s ability to provide routine or emergency services to U.S. citizens in Russia is severely limited. This is due to Russian government limitations on travel for embassy personnel and staffing, and the ongoing suspension of operations.
It also warned that the travel option available now may not be usable soon for citizens attempting to leave Russia. “Russia may refuse to acknowledge dual nationals’ U.S. citizenship, deny their access to U.S. consular assistance, subject them to mobilization, prevent their departure from Russia, and/or conscript them,” the State Department said.
Hostilities will likely grow this Spring after President Biden makes his planned trip to Poland.