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Canadians Advised to Avoid Travel to Belarus Amid ‘Risk of Armed Conflict With Ukraine’

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Canadian government is advising its citizens to avoid traveling to Belarus, citing risks of an "armed conflict with Ukraine."
"Avoid non-essential travel to Belarus due to the risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws and the risk of armed conflict with Ukraine," the Canadian government warned in an updated travel advisory on Sunday.
According to the release, the ability of the Canadian embassy in Poland to provide consular services in Belarus is "extremely limited."
"If you are in Belarus and your presence isn’t essential, you should consider leaving by commercial means," the Canadian government said, urging its citizens to also "avoid all travel to areas within 50 km [31 miles] of the border with Ukraine" in the Belarusian regions of Brest and Gomel, "due to Belarusian-Russian joint military exercises and the risk of armed conflict with Ukraine."
Earlier this month, Canada temporarily suspended the work of its embassy in the Ukrainian capital amid concerns over the security situation in Kiev, and moved its diplomatic staff to a temporary office in Lviv.
Canadian citizens were urged to avoid traveling to Ukraine and to leave the country immediately if already there.
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