Zakharova has laid upon US the responsibility for the timing of the issuance of visas

© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite in photobacteria the U.S. Embassy in MoscowZakharova has laid upon US the responsibility for the timing of the issuance of visas© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite the image Bank

If Washington decides to reduce the number of employees of the American Embassy in Moscow involved in the issue of visas to Russians, it will be the decision of the United States, not Russia, wrote the official representative of the foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova on his page in social network Facebook.

President Vladimir Putin said earlier that the staff of the U.S. mission in Russia is the same as the staff of the Russian diplomatic mission in America by 455 people on each side. The U.S. state Department considered Moscow’s actions unjustified and promised to respond to them. The Russian foreign Ministry on 28 July, called for Washington until September 1 to bring the number of diplomats and technical staff of the diplomatic mission in Moscow in accordance with the number of employees of the Russian diplomatic missions in the United States.

The U.S. Embassy made that the reduction of the decision of the Russian authorities staff of the diplomatic mission would slow down the consulates.

«Linking reducing the number of staff with visas not stand up to scrutiny, as Americans, no one sent, no one dictated and did not specify who to send home and who to leave. Accordingly, if Washington decides to reduce the number of people engaged in visa matters, it will be the decision of Washington, sovereign, deliberate and not forced,» — said Zakharov.

The diplomat pointed out the differences in the approaches of the US and Russia visas.

«Developing the topic of issuing visas, and American colleagues and sympathizers lead quantitative indicators, add numbers: for the year 2016 of U.S. visas to Russians were granted approximately 150 thousand Russian Americans — 102 thousand. It would seem, here it is the difference in 1.5-2 times more issue visas, respectively, in 1,5-2 times more than employees need. But this is only at first glance. We have radically different approaches to the issue of visas. All of the details are not going to go, but on the main I say. American the procedure involves conducting a personal interview. And, of course, this requires much more time and manpower,» wrote Zakharov.

According to her, a Russian visa in the United States are issued without interview, and documents can be sent by mail.

«I’m not going to prove that our way is better and their worse — it’s not for me to decide. But one thing’s for sure: used by the us authorities way of visa processing is much more labor-intensive. But the fault is not the Russian Federation!» — she added.