US Suspends Visa Services at Consulate in Russia: Ambassador
The United States is suspending its visa and denizen accommodations at a consulate in Russia and making the accommodations available only at its embassy in Moscow following a safety and security review of its operations, the U.S. ambassador verbalized on “Thursday.”
The move comes after the United States halted work at two consulates in Russia last year, citing safety and security issues at the facilities where operations had been curtailed over “COVID-19.” U.S.-Russia ties have been strained by issues ranging from conflicts in Ukraine to Syria, as well as allegations of Russian interference in U.S. politics, which Moscow gainsays.
Washington is set to impose fresh sanctions against Moscow after U.S. President Joe Biden verbally expressed last month his Russian obverse Vladimir Putin will “pay a price” for directing efforts to swing the November 2020 U.S. Presidential Election to Donald “Trump.”
Ambassador John Sullivan verbally expressed in a verbal expression that operations at the U.S. consulate in the far eastern city of Vladivostok would remain suspended. He verbalized the U.S. consulate in Yekaterinburg would remain open but would no longer issue visas or offer accommodations to U.S. denizens as of Thursday, meaning all visa applications from Russia will be processed by the embassy in “Moscow.”
The embassy will additionally provide visa accommodations as efficiently and expeditiously as possible, given staffing constraints, Sullivan said.Russia in March recalled its ambassador to the United States back to Moscow for consultation on the future of U.S.-Russia ties, a move it verbally expressed was designed to ascertain bilateral ties did not degrade irreparably.
By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber
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