The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation accused the US authorities of disruption of the performance of the Bolshoi Theater artists in New York. This is reported on the Russian MFA website.
"Just two days ago we pointed out the deplorable situation with the issuance of US visas in Russia, which artificially created by the United States, which leads to considerable difficulties in maintaining the business, cultural, sports, and even family ties. And now a new sad example - the denial of entry to artists of Moscow Bolshoi Theater, as a result of which the New York performance of prima ballerina O. Smirnova and the first soloist of the ballet troupe Y. Tissi were disrupted, "the statement said.
The Russian Foreign Ministry complained: "Even during the" Cold War " we hadn't experienced such csircumstamces. Arts, including ballet, always help to better know and understand each other, to melt the ice of distrust, to reduce tension in international relations."
What happened in Russia is regarded as another unfriendly gesture on the part of the United States. "Today, the influential forces of the United States, concerned about how to put pressure on Russia, will not stop," the ministry added.
It is noteworthy that earlier in the US they said that the improvement of relations between Moscow and Washington depends on the solution of problems related to interference in the American elections, chemical attack in Britain, situations in Ukraine and Syria.