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Published on : Wednesday, August 23, 2017
On Monday, the American diplomatic mission to Russia said that it has designed a plan to decrease its visa services sharply as Moscow has ordered to cut down its staffs, the newest addition in the tit-for-tat penalties by the two countries.
The embassy in a recent statement said that it would hang up all nonimmigrant visa issues like business and work and tourism. From Sept. 1st, it would provide such visas only in Moscow “for as long as our staffing levels are reduced.”
The Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, explained at the time of a news conference in Moscow that the announcement was “another attempt to make the Russian citizen angry about the actions of the Russian government.”
To quote Mr. Lavrov, “The American diplomatic school, diplomatic service, just as the Russian one, has great traditions and experience in preparing professional staff,” he said.
He further added by saying that the argument started by the Americans that its diplomatic workers will not be in a position to issue the same number of visas with reduced staff disrespected the “capabilities and possibilities of the American diplomatic service.”
Mr. Lavrov informed that the ministry was revising the matter and would send a reply at a later.
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