US Consulates will resume issuing visas in Russian cities
On December 11, US consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok will resume interviewing nonimmigrant visas to a limited extent. This is reported on the site Embassies and consulates of the Russian Federation.
The US Embassy in Moscow will also continue to conduct interviews on immigration, diversification and non-immigration visas to a limited extent.
Как mentioned US Ambassador to Russia John Huntsman, “We want Russians to have the opportunity to travel to the United States, get acquainted with our culture, study at our universities and do business with American partners. Therefore, we are pleased to partially resume the provision of visa services. We believe that interaction between our peoples and US-Russian business ties are the basis for the stability of our bilateral relationship, ”the statement said.
“However, we will not be able to resume issuing visas to the extent that we supported before the unjustified decision of the government of the Russian Federation to significantly reduce the number of staff of the US Embassy and our three consulates. We continue to carry out our work with a significantly reduced staffing, which inevitably implies a reduced volume of visa services. Although we are pleased to resume this process, its limited nature is still an unfortunate consequence of the decision of the Russian government to limit the staff of the US diplomatic mission, ”the embassy said.
The tacit confrontation between Russia and the United States began in December last year, when the administration of US President Barack Obama imposed sanctions against 9 Russian institutions, companies and individuals, including against the GRU and the FSB, for “interference in elections and pressure on American diplomats” working in Russia.
Also USA closed access to two residential complexes - the so-called country dachas of the Russian Permanent Mission in New York and the embassies in Washington, which are Russian diplomatic property. In addition, non grata persons were are announced 35 Russian diplomats. They were expelled from the country on the eve of New Year's Eve.
Given the change of power in the United States, Russia was in no hurry to respond. However, in early August of this year, Moscow decided to cut The number of American diplomats accredited in Russia per 755 is from about 1,2 thousands of people currently working in Russia.
In addition, Russia did not forget about diplomatic dachas and reported that “the Russian side suspends from August 1, the use by the US Embassy in Russia of all warehouses on Dorozhnaya Street in Moscow and a summer residence in Serebryany Bor ”.
In response to such measures 23 August Washington decided to pause issuing non-immigrant visas throughout Russia. The issuance of documents was resumed from September 1, but in a reduced volume and only in Moscow. Therefore, the embassy staff recommended that Russians apply for permission to enter the United States at consulates in other states.
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