Europromotion Sergei Lavrov explained the U.S. decision to limit the issuance of visas to Russians
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov commented on the US decision on suspension, and then limit the issuance to the Russians nonimmigrant visas. On Monday, August 21, RIA Novosti reported.
According to the head of the diplomatic Department, Moscow will analyze in detail Washington’s actions, and after that take a decision about the response. At the same time, Lavrov assured that Russia does not intend “to disrupt the evil on American citizens”. “I mean, if someone was hoping that in this case, a bad example is contagious, he miscalculated,” he said.
Earlier on Monday from the U.S. Embassy in Russia announced the suspension of non-immigrant visa throughout the country from August 23. The paperwork will be resumed in a reduced volume from September 1 to: to obtain a visa will be possible only in Moscow. The Embassy in the Russian capital and the Consulate in St. Petersburg has canceled accepting applications from Belarusian citizens (to apply for a visa they will be able at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Kiev and Vilnius), notes “Interfax”.
Appropriate action was taken in response to the decision of the Russian authorities to reduce the number of personnel of diplomatic missions of the USA. In late July, Moscow has demanded to reduce to 455 people total number of employees in the American missions.
Nonimmigrant visas allow temporary stay in the territory of the United States. In this document, in particular, includes a visa for tourist, business and educational trips.