The United States, in response to the reduction in the number of diplomatic mission employees in the Russian Federation, decided to suspend the procedure for issuing non-immigrant visas throughout Russia from August 23. This was reported on the website of the U.S. Embassy.
“Due to the Russian government-imposed cap on U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia, all nonimmigrant visa operations across Russia will be suspended on August 23. Operations will resume in Moscow on September 1; visa operations at the U.S. consulates will remain suspended indefinitely. Currently scheduled appointments will be cancelled and applicants will be provided instructions on how to reschedule,” the message says.
The procedure will be resumed in Moscow from September 1. In other regions it is suspended for an undetermined period.
“Russia’s decision to reduce the United States’ diplomatic presence here calls into question Russia’s seriousness about pursuing better relations. We will maintain sufficient staff to carry out essential elements of our mission,” the message says.
As it was reported earlier The United States will be ready to respond to Russia-initiated reduction of American diplomats in this country by the beginning of the autumn. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that after his meeting with Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in the Philippines, which took place on Sunday.