U.S. State Department Closes Belarus Embassy

The U.S. State Department announced that  it has suspended operations at the U.S.  Embassy in Belarus and is authorizing the voluntary departure of non-essential staff from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow due to Russia’s 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 Blinken said in a statement on February 28.

Belarus, a former Soviet state and close ally of Russia, has allowed Moscow to use its territory to stage troops for ground for attacks on Ukraine, and has approved hosting nuclear weapons and Russian forces permanently.


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