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Norway asks citizens to leave Ukraine, refrain from travel

·1 min read

OSLO, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Norway on Friday advised all of its citizens to leave Ukraine and to refrain from travel into nearby regions of Russia and Belarus, citing the tense security situation and military build-up in the region.

"Because of the serious and unpredictable security situation in Ukraine, the foreign ministry is advising against all travel to Ukraine and encourages Norwegian citizens to leave the country," the ministry said in a statement.

It also advised against any travel or stays to Russia closer than 250 kilometres (155 miles) from the Ukrainian border and all travel to Belarus with the exemption of the capital Minsk, it added.

Russia has amassed more than 100,000 troops near the Ukrainian border, raising fears of war. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said earlier an invasion could come at any time. Moscow has denied any plans to invade.

(Reporting by Nora Buli Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)