France urges its citizens making short-term visits to Russia to leave
PARIS, Feb 27 (Reuters) – All French citizens on short-term visits to Russia should leave the country immediately, the French government said on Sunday, citing tightening restrictions on air travel resulting from sanctions punishing Moscow for invading Ukraine.
“Due to the increasing restrictions on air traffic between Russia and Europe, it is strongly recommended that French nationals visiting Russia make arrangements to leave the country without delay using existing air links,” the French Foreign Ministry said.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the biggest assault on a European state since World War Two, has unleashed a barrage of Western reprisals.
Air France said it was suspending all flights to and from Russia until further notice.
The United States also said its citizens should consider leaving Russia immediately on the commercial flights still available.
U.S. urges its citizens to consider leaving Russia immediately
February 27, 2022
9:37 PM GMT+1
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WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – U.S. citizens should consider leaving Russia immediately on commercial flights, the State Department said on Sunday, citing an increasing number of airlines cancelling flights and countries closing their airspace to Russia after its invasion of Ukraine.
“U.S. citizens should consider departing Russia immediately via commercial options still available,” said a security alert dated Feb. 27 on the web site of U.S. embassy in Moscow
It has asked U.S. citizens to have “a contingency plan that does not rely on U.S. government assistance.”
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the biggest assault on a European state since World War Two, has unleashed a barrage of Western reprisals, with U.S. and European governments imposing sanctions on Russian banks and financial institutions.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has called the attack a “special operation” through which he aims to demilitarise Moscow’s southern neighbor.
The State Department has kept its travel advisory for Russia at “Level 4: Do Not Travel”. On Feb. 20, the U.S. embassy in Moscow had advised Americans in the country to have an evacuation plan, citing the threat of attacks in Moscow and along the Russian border with Ukraine.
Reporting by Doina Chiacu and Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Will Dunham