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Travel warning for Americans in Russia

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The U.S. Department of State issued a warning to Americans traveling in Russia. The 'Travel Advisory' was issued on Friday, March 14, 2014, for all U.S. citizens in Russia to be aware of the situation in the Ukraine and likelihood of public demonstrations. According to the State Department, travelers are being warned of potential anti-American actions in Russia for the recent involvement in Crimea, Ukraine.

The travel alert in Russia was issued for three months and goes on to advise American travelers of an increased military presence in Russia, along with 'military exercises of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation along the border region with Ukraine.'

The warning advises visitors to the Ukraine border regions '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.' The report further tells of media reports of 'increased presence of Russian neo-Nazi and radical nationalist and extremist groups in those regions.'

U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad are encouraged to enroll in the State Department's STEP,or Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. This system allows travelers to provide details of their location and allows the State Department to better assist in the event of an emergency. You can also sign up to receive the latest information from the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate, as well as travel warnings and alerts issued for any given country.

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