State Department reported on progress on visas with Russia

The United States and Russia have made progress on the issue of diplomatic visas, writes TASS, citing a State Department official. In November, Sergei Koshelev, Minister Counselor of the Russian Embassy in Washington, said that there is a chance to agree on the resumption of the issuance of US visas in Russia. '' The deputy head of the press service of the US State Department, Jalina Porter, stressed that such a measure was introduced to “ ensure parity between the diplomatic missions of the United States and Russia. They called on the president to increase the number of staff at the embassy in Moscow. Subscribe to YouTube RBC Live broadcasts, videos and recordings of programs on our YouTube channel

Источник In April of this year, the United States expelled ten Russian diplomats from Washington. Antonov warned that such an outflow of employees could lead to “ staff shortages. Because of this ban, Washington has laid off more than 180 employees in diplomatic missions in Moscow, Vladivostok and Yekaterinburg. He stressed that a functioning embassy “ is of decisive importance for diplomacy. to get nonimmigrant visas. ''
Earlier, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Yevgeny Ivanov, said that consultations on the issuance of visas between Moscow and Washington are not easy, but “ some solutions are being found. The material is being updated. After July 1, another group of diplomats will leave Moscow if the United States does not compromise. Zakharova, in turn, said that Moscow regards Washington's actions as expulsion. According to Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov, accreditation is revoked from spouses of diplomats, and children are not issued visas. '' and some progress has been made. “ These are current issues that we continue to deal with. In recent days, we have made progress on bilateral issues and look forward to continuing to move in that direction, '', & mdash; said the interlocutor of the agency. After the mutual reductions of personnel, 100 American diplomats remained in Russia, in the USA & mdash; 300 Russian, American senators wrote in a letter to Joe Biden. In October, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the United States had demanded 55 Russian diplomats and diplomatic staff to leave the country in the coming months. The Russian side responded by banning the American embassy from hiring employees from Russia or other countries. By January 31 of next year, US embassy officials who have worked in the country for more than three years will leave Russia. In early August, the US Embassy in Russia announced the termination of consular services for Russians, inviting them to contact embassies in other countries.