May 17, 2022

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US warns citizens of Moldova and Belarus to leave immediately |  The world

US warns citizens of Moldova and Belarus to leave immediately | The world

The US State Department (US) on Monday intensified its warning to its citizens to leave Moldova and Belarus immediately due to Russian military action in the region, where thousands of soldiers have gathered for military exercises, US newspapers reported.

Belarus and Russia held military exercises on Thursday with troops, heavy weapons and advanced equipment.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has become increasingly close with Russian President Vladimir Putin after overcoming political opposition and provoking a migration crisis in Europe and facing severe Western sanctions.

The State Department had earlier warned U.S. citizens not to travel to Belarus.

The U.S. embassy in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, had already ordered the family members to leave on January 31. However, a small group of US diplomats is still in the country.

The US State Department has further warned that it is calling for the immediate evacuation of its citizens in Transnistria, part of Moldova on the southwestern border with Ukraine.

This warning does not apply to the whole country, but only to the unauthorized secessionist region of Transnistria, which holds Russian troops against the will of the Moldovan government.