Russian court orders US citizens to stay home as war in Syria continues
By Nick StattlerReutersThe Russian Federal Migration Service (MFS) has ordered US citizens and permanent residents to remain home and to report for mandatory mandatory duties for at least two months, Reuters reported on Saturday, citing a court order obtained by the news agency.
Russian authorities have ordered the US to provide the Russian government with information on a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, Reuters said, citing the MFS.US President Donald Trump said on Friday that he would take a “strong and swift” action against the alleged attack in Khan Sheikhoun.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government and Syria have accused each other of using chemical weapons against their own people in an August attack in which at least 59 people were killed and more than 2,400 injured.
The Syrian government has denied using such weapons.
Russia has warned the US not to send weapons to Syria without consulting with the United Nations.
The MFS ordered US passport holders, permanent residents and students to return home for at most two months and to return to their country’s embassy in Moscow, according to the order.
It ordered those on US visas to stay away from the US and to avoid “any contacts with persons in Syria”.
The Mfs also said US citizens who had visited Russia or its territories in recent years would be required to register as stateless people and will be required “to cooperate with the MFF in any investigation into the events of September 19, 2018.”