Voluntary departure from the Embassy in the Russian Federation to its employees and their family members is also allowed.

The United States suspended the work of its embassy in Minsk, and also allowed its employees and their family members to voluntarily leave its embassy in the Russian Federation. This is stated in a statement issued on Monday by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

“The U.S. Department of State has suspended the work of the embassy in Minsk and allowed voluntary departure (“authorized departure”) to non-emergency personnel of our embassy in Moscow and their family members,” the statement reads.

According to Blinkin, the U.S. authorities took this step based on security issues related to Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine.