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Russia and UK partially recover diplomatic missions staff

It is said that at least half of the embassy would be restored
17:40, 28 December 2018
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In the mid-January, the number of diplomatic assignments of Russia and Great Britain in the two capitals will be partially recovered. Russia’s Ambassador to Great Britain Aleksander Yakovenko claimed this on the air of Russia 24, Interfax reports.

‘We have reached in principle on the recovery of the diplomatic staff both in Moscow and London in the middle of January,’ Yakovenko said.

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He stressed that at least half of the embassy would be restored.

The composition of the British and Russian diplomatic missions declined after former GRU member Sergey Skripal was poisoned in Salisbury in March 2018.

Since December 7, the UK has suspended the issuance of investor visas (category Tier 1) for Russians. The authorities explain this with measures to fight the laundering of "dirty" money. 

Related: National Defense Council to consider more sanctions against Russia

Investment visa was issued for a contribution in the amount of 2 million pounds to the British economy. It allowed wealthy Russians under a simplified procedure to obtain a permanent residence permit in Albion, and subsequently a British passport. 

The issuance of investor visas will be resumed in 2019, but applicants will need to report on the origin of their capital. 

Related: Ukraine introduces sanctions against Russian politicians and companies

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