May 30, 2023

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Russians have to go to Warsaw to get a US immigrant visa

Conflict continues over the size of the respective embassies between Washington and Moscow: the United States has stopped issuing immigrant visas to Russia, forcing Russians seeking to travel to Poland.

U.S. diplomacy on Sunday justified this highly restrictive change, with restrictions imposed by Russian authorities, which they condemned. “Shame close to tragedy”.

“We will no longer offer new visas for immigrant visas for Russian citizens in Moscow.”A State Department spokesman told AFP.

The appointments have been transferred to the US embassy in Warsaw, and the decision came into effect on October 12, he added.

Russia has been added to the list of countries on the Foreign Ministry website “Where there is no diplomatic representation in the United States, or the political or security situation is dangerous enough, it is uncertain whether limited embassy staff will be allowed to study.” Visa applications. Ten or more of the countries involved include warring states or Washington’s adversaries, such as Cuba, Iran, Venezuela or Syria.

“We know this is an important change for visa applicants“The spokesman assured them not to plan a trip to Poland before the meeting scheduled for an interview.

Admitted no “The best solution”.

“An insult close to sadism”

According to US diplomacy, it is “Russian government decides to ban US employment” Domestic Russian or third country employees are at the origin of this decision.

That “Seriously affects” To do “Ability to provide diplomatic services”, Because the U.S. embassy had to part with dozens of local staff.

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“A very small number of embassy staff in Russia currently do not allow US citizens to guarantee regular visa services or assistance.”, A foreign ministry spokesman said.

For similar reasons, the issuance of formal work visas was already suspended in May, but Washington had warned that other measures were possible this summer.

Overall, the US Embassy in Moscow will continue to provide only “Diplomatic or Official Visas”.

US officials have “Destroy” Their embassy system in Russia and “Turning a normal technological process into a hell for the 21st century”, Russian embassy spokeswoman Maria Zakharova lamented on her telegram account on Sunday. “An insult close to sadism”.

“It is a blow to families and loved ones, and these connections enliven the ties between nations and their peoples.“, He added, condemned an attack “Freedom of movement”.

The cross-ejection waves of many diplomats between the two rival countries have severely disrupted the operations of their respective embassies and consulates in recent years. Moscow and Washington continue to pay.

This question was one of the key topics discussed by US diplomat Victoria Nuland III during a visit to Russia two weeks ago, however without allowing a solution to be reached.