RUSSIA INVADES UKRAINE

US closes embassy in Belarus, lets staff leave in Russia

Feb 28, 2022, 6:45 AM | Updated: Jun 13, 2022, 3:39 pm
FILE: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a joint press conference with U.K. Foreign Secr...
FILE: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a joint press conference with U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab at Downing Street on May 3 in London, England. This is Blinken's first visit to the U.K. since his appointment by President Joe Biden. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has closed the U.S. Embassy in Belarus and is allowing non-essential staff at the U.S. Embassy in Russia to leave the country due to the war in Ukraine.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the suspension of operations at the Minsk embassy and the authorized departure from Moscow in a statement on Monday.

“We took these steps due to security and safety issues stemming from the unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces in Ukraine,” he said.

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US closes embassy in Belarus, lets staff leave in Russia