US Orders Government Dependents in Belarus to Leave

President Joe Biden, joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (right) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mark Milley (left), signs an executive order rescinding a band on transgender individuals serving in the military Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in the Oval Office of the White House. / Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz

The United States on Monday told families of its government employees in Belarus to leave the country amid fears of a possible Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

The US State Department “ordered the departure of family members of US government employees” from Belarus, according to a travel advisory issued Monday.

It also warned US citizens not to travel to Belarus, citing “the arbitrary enforcement of laws, the risk of detention, and unusual and concerning Russian military buildup along Belarus’ border with Ukraine.”

The order came hours after Washington and Moscow clashed at the United Nations Security Council over Ukraine.

Read more at Deutsche Welle


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