State Issues Travel Alert To Americans In Russia; Athletes Still In Sochi for Paralympics
by Kerry Picket 14 Mar 2014, 10:24 PM PDT
The State Department issued an alert on Friday to U.S. citizens in Russia: The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens in Russia to the ongoing tensions in Ukraine and the potential for increased public demonstrations and anti-American actions in Russia in connection with Russian actions in the Crimea. The Department of State also alerts U.S. citizens in Russia to the heightened military presence and on-going military exercises of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation along the border region with Ukraine. This Travel Alert expires on June 13, 2014. The Department of State strongly recommends that all U.S. citizens residing or traveling abroad enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in order to receive pertinent safety and security information.
The U.S. government currently has no information concerning active military conflict inside Russia as a result of regional tensions or of any threat specific to U.S. citizens. However, all U.S. citizens located in or considering travel to the border region, specifically the regions bordering Ukraine in Bryansk, Kursk, Belgorod, Voronezh, and Rostov Oblasts and Krasnodar Krai, should be aware of the potential for escalation of tensions, military clashes (either accidental or intentional), or other violence, and the potential for threats to safety and security.
It should be noted that American athletes, among others, are still competing in the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi. Closing ceremonies for the games will happen Sunday night. The United States Ice Sledge Hockey team will face the the Russian Federation on Saturday in the gold medal round.