“Get out of Belarus now!” That’s the loud and clear message from the Biden administration to all the folks holding that U.S. passport. In a statement that came out on Monday, they’re practically waving a “No Entry” sign towards Belarus.
You know what triggered this red alert? The neighbors Lithuania, Latvia, and Poland went into high-alert mode. Why? They’ve got a case of the jitters about those Russian Wagner mercenaries camping out in Belarus. And boy, did they crank up the security around their borders!
The U.S. State Department is making no secret of their advice: if you’re still hanging around Belarus, pack your bags and make like a track star. They’ve got Belarus slapped with the highest risk label, like a flashing red light on the security dashboard.
Now, let’s talk about Alexander Lukashenko. He’s been holding the reins in Belarus for ages, and some folks even call him Europe’s last dictator. But that’s not all. He’s also BFFs with Russia’s President Putin, helping him out in the Ukraine showdown. He’s got a whole collection of sanctions for squashing voices and rights.
Remember, the U.S. embassy in Belarus isn’t throwing parties right now. They’re just handling emergencies for U.S. citizens who got themselves stuck.
And then there’s Lukashenko’s grand welcome to those Wagner forces. Yeah, he rolled out the red carpet for them, shaking hands with Putin and all. That decision? Raised more than a few eyebrows in NATO countries on Belarus’ doorstep.
In a nutshell, the State Department is like, “Don’t even think about packing your bags for Belarus.” They’re spelling it out: Russia’s uncool moves, the big army in Belarus, laws being thrown around like confetti, protests bubbling up, detentions on the horizon – it’s a messy situation. And if you’re in a tight spot, don’t expect the embassy to be your superhero. They’re a bit short-staffed right now.
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Last week, Lithuania pulled the plug on two of its border crossings with Belarus. The State Department is waving a flag: use the other crossings while you can. But watch out, because Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia might just put up a “Closed” sign at any moment.
Poland’s got one door still open with Belarus, and Latvia’s got two. Both countries are flexing their muscles with more troops and keeping an eagle eye on the border. They’re also giving Lukashenko the stink-eye for shipping in migrants from the Middle East and letting them loose across the border.
So there you have it, straight from the State Department’s mouth. It’s like they’re saying, “Why stick around in Belarus when you could be anywhere else?”