Through a statement on the website of the U.S. embassy in Moscow, Americans are warned that they may be detained

The United States again called on its citizens to “immediately” leave Russia because they risk being detained, in a statement posted today on the website of the U.S. embassy in Moscow.

“U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Russia should leave immediately. Be extra cautious due to the risk of undue detentions,” the alert issued by the U.S. diplomatic legation states.

The statement advises Americans not to travel to Russia “due to the unpredictable consequences of the unprovoked large-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces.”

In addition, the diplomatic mission warned that U.S. citizens in Russia may be improperly detained and that it has a “limited capacity” to provide assistance to them should they need it.

This is the second time in nearly five months that the U.S. embassy has called on its nationals to leave Russia.

Last September 28, a week after the partial mobilization ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the U.S. embassy warned that Russia could refuse to recognize the U.S. citizenship of dual nationals, prevent them from accessing consular assistance and recall them.

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