US halts tourist visa for 8 days, Russian tourists affected

Published on : Tuesday, August 22, 2017

US Embassy-MoscowThe U.S. Embassy in Russia has decided to cease the issuance of visas for Russian tourists on Monday for a period of eight days in reaction to the Russian decision to cut off embassy staff.

 

The U.S. embassy has arrived at this decision after the Russian Foreign Ministry ordered a cap on the number of U.S. diplomatic personnel in the country of Russia, as it declared in a statement. It added that it would start resuming visas in Moscow on 1st September.

 

However, the U.S. embassy went on to add that the suspension of the non-immigrant visas would continue to be functional in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok for an indefinite period of time.

 

About a quarter of a million Russian tourists had paid visit to the U.S. last year, as per the tourism officials of Russia.

 

Earlier during this month, Russia had instructed the U.S. to cut down on its embassy and consulate staff members in Russia by two-thirds. Vladimir Putin, the Russian president said that Russia was compelled to reciprocate after the U.S. Congress had approved sanctions against Russia for interfering in the 2016 U.S. elections for its aggression in Syria and Ukraine.

 

The majority of employees at different U.S. diplomatic missions in Russia comprising the embassy in Moscow and the three consulates, are thought to be Russian nationals.

 

The U.S. State Department said that the decision to suspend visas was not retaliation for Russia’s capping of U.S. diplomatic personnel.

 

 

Credit: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/us-halts-non-immigrant-visas-in-russia-as-diplomatic-standoff-deepens/2017/08/21/90f82c18-8654-11e7-a50f-e0d4e6ec070a_story.html

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