Americans in Belarus have been told to leave the country by the US embassy as Russian military concerns continue to grow.
The warning comes after Lithuania closed two of its major border crossings with Belarus over concerns about the Russian mercenary group Wagner that has established operations in the country.
The United States is strongly against the Russian war in Ukraine but Russia and Belarus’ relationship keeps growing.
In a statement, the State Department said:
“U.S. citizens in Belarus should depart immediately. Consider departing via the remaining border crossings with Lithuania and Latvia, or by plane.”
Belarus, which has been aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the war in Ukraine, sits at a strategically important crossroads of Europe, bordering NATO countries such as Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia in addition to Ukraine.
The governments of Lithuania, Latvia, and Poland said further closures of border crossings with Belarus are possible.