The State Department said Monday it has suspended operations at its embassy in Belarus and authorized U.S. diplomats at the embassy in Russia to leave voluntarily.

The move came as tensions rose over Russias military invasion of Ukraine.

We took these steps due to security and safety issues stemming from the unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces in Ukraine, Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenLive coverage: Ukraine says 352 civilians dead amid Russian invasionNorth Korea launches suspected missile in 8th test this yearUkraine’s real-life challenge for democracyMORE said in a statement Monday morning.


The Department of State continually adjusts its posture at embassies and consulates throughout the world in line with its mission, the local security environment, and the health situation, Blinken continued. We ultimately have no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens, and that includes our U.S. government personnel and their dependents serving around the world.

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