The US Embassy in Moscow said it was suspending non-immigrant visa processing in Russia starting from August 23 because of Moscow's requirement to reduce its diplomatic staff to 455 people by September 1.
Russia won't respond to US Embassy's in Russia move to suspend processing nonimmigrant visas in the country amid diplomatic staff cuts.
The United States' decision to limit issuing visas to Russian citizens is guided by political instead of technical reasoning, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday.
Washington's decision to make the US Embassy in Moscow the only place Russian citizens can receive non-migration visas will negatively affect the tourism flow to the United States, Russian Federal Agency for Tourism (Rosturism) head Oleg Safonov said Wednesday.
Sergei Ryabkov said that United States' decision to restrict issuing visas for Russian citizens might hint at Washington's disapproval of contacts between Russians and US citizens.
The recent suspension of all nonimmigrant visa operations across Russia by the US is a 'PR stunt,' and an 'act of informational pressure on Moscow for unilateral concessions,' according to Russian political analysts who spoke to Sputnik about the decision of the US embassy in Russia.
Washington's suspension of nonimmigrant visa processing for Russians is obviously a "childish" move, Earl Rasmussen of the Eurasia Center told Radio Sputnik. Per Rasmussen, the US State Department has chosen the wrong way to deal with Russia.
Russians will face problems getting US visas until bilateral relations between Moscow and Washington are normalized, the president and CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia (AmCham) told Sputnik on Monday.
Russian citizens applying for visitor visas to the United States would have to wait nearly three months for an appointment after the US Embassy in Moscow had announced curbs in visa processing, according to data on the US State Department website updated on Monday.
The United States limiting the operations of its embassy in Russia evidences Washington’s attitude for further forced deterioration of relations with Moscow, Leonid Slutsky, the chairman of the Russian lower house of parliament's International Affairs Committee, said Monday.
Russia will further examine the US decision to suspend and then to limit issuing of visas to Russian nationals, but it will not create difficulties for US nationals trying to obtain a visa for Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday.
Russia will give a "mirror" response to the move by the US Embassy and consulates limiting their visa operations as they prepare for staff cuts by September 1, a Russian senator told Sputnik on Monday.
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