Jamaicans are now being strongly advised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to evacuate Russia following the growing impact of sanctions the country is facing in response to its invasion of Ukraine.
On Sunday, the Ministry issued an appeal to Jamaicans in Russia to take safety measures and make arrangements to leave locations where it is necessary.
Following this appeal, it is has been reported that Jamaicans in Russia and the surrounding Eastern European countries will be seriously affected as a result of the ongoing Ukraine crisis.
According to Kamina Johnson Smith, Foreign affairs minister, there are approximately 18 Jamaican students at universities in Russia.
“We are aware that some students are already making plans to leave and we encourage others to do the same,” she stated.
In her following statements, she noted that multiple countries are restricting flights to enter from Russia and that “alternative routes” to exit the country must be explored. She continued by advising students and their families to make haste, indicating that this was only the beginning of the impact from the sanctions being applied, but as more sanctions are added and tightened, it will present greater difficulties.
Lastly, not forgetting the Jamaicans in surrounding countries in Eastern Europe, she reminded them to seek opportunities for safe passage to alternative locations. She advised them to create relationships with family and friends who are likely to assist them with securing resources and ensuring their safety.