The Consul General of Russia in new York Sergey Ovsyannikov believes that in the near future in Russian-American relations not expected anything positive, but even in this situation, the Russian diplomats continue to work.
“Turning to the immediate prospects of us-Russian relations, would prefer to refrain from forecasts. It seems that common sense from the American side will appear, and injected into United States Russophobia stops. The Americans should be aware of the situation and begin to gradually back off. From what I see, hear and read of what goes on in Congress that says the us policy, yet nothing positive from the United States to expect we do not have. But in this situation, Russian diplomats still need to do their work” , — said Ovsyannikov in an interview with the newspaper “Komsomolskaya Pravda”.
Earlier, Moscow has ordered to reduce the U.S. diplomatic mission in Russia to 755 to 455 employees. Thus, Moscow has equated the number of employees of the U.S. Embassy in Russia, the number of employed in the Russian diplomatic mission in the United States. According to the statement of the foreign Ministry, these measures were a response to anti-Russian policy adopted by the us Congress of the new anti-Russian sanctions.
In turn, the US 23 Aug suspended the procedure for issuing nonimmigrant visas throughout Russia. From September 1 this procedure resumes, but only at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Washington explained the innovations to the reduced number of employees. Early American visa issued Consulate in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok.