British nationals have been urged to consider leaving Russia in the wake of Vladimir Putin‘s invasion of Ukraine.
‘If your presence in Russia is not essential, we strongly advise that you consider leaving by remaining commercial routes,’ the Foreign Office said in a statement on Saturday.
Travellers or citizens currently in Russia were advised any direct flights back to the UK would be complicated by the fact Moscow banned UK airlines from flying in or out of the country on Friday, February 25.
Those aiming to leave Russia are instead advised to book a connecting flight through the Middle East or Turkey to then travel back to the UK.
On Monday, the government advised its citizens against all travel to Russia due to a lack of available flight options and increased economic volatility.
The statement read: ‘The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all travel to the whole of Russia due to the lack of available flight options to return to the UK, and the increased volatility in the Russian economy.’