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Europe and the U.S. Urges Its Citisens to Leave Russia

Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Italy, Poland, and the U.S. recommends its citizens to consider leaving Russia or to avoid non-essential travel to the country amid escalating tensions between Moscow and the West over Ukraine.

Tens of thousands of draft-age men have left Russia since President Vladimir Putin announced a martial mobilisation last week to bolster his army in Ukraine.

“If you wish to depart Russia, you should make independent arrangements as soon as possible,” the U.S. State Department officials said.

Due to security reasons, Latvia will not issue humanitarian or other types of visas to those Russian citizens who avoid mobilization, nor will it change the border crossing restrictions for Russian citizens with Schengen visas introduced since September 19.

Citizens of the Russian Federation ordinarily resident in Estonia who go to fight against Ukrainian forces in the current conflict will not be admitted reentry into Estonia

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