US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken urged Americans to leave Russia immediately and condemned the arrest of The Wall Street Journal journalist Evan Hershkovich.

This is stated in

the statement

of the head of the State Department.

Blinken stated that the State Department is in contact with the editors of The Wall Street Journal, and is also making every effort to support the journalist detained in Russia.

"We strongly condemn the Kremlin's repeated attempts to intimidate, suppress and punish journalists and representatives of civil society," he emphasized.

Blinken also recalled that the US authorities have repeatedly warned their citizens to be careful when traveling to the Russian Federation.

In addition, this is not the first time that the State Department has called on US citizens to leave Russia at the first opportunity.

White House spokeswoman Karin Jean-Pierre also made a similar statement.

"I want to emphasize once again that Americans should heed the warning of the US government not to travel to Russia. US citizens living in the Russian Federation or traveling there should leave immediately, as the State Department once again recommends," she said in her statement.

It will be recalled that earlier it was reported that in Yekaterinburg the employees of the Federal Security Service 

detained the journalist of The Wall Street Journal, Evan Hershkovich.

 The media representative is accused of "espionage".

In addition, we previously informed that the American daily newspaper 

The Wall Street Journal demands in Russia to release the journalist of the publication Evan Hershkovich


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