Pushkov said, as Tefft tried to save the image of the United States

© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Aminopherase in photosangelina US flag on the American Embassy in Moscow. Archival photoPushkov said, as Tefft tried to save the image of the United States© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Aminopherase the image Bank

U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft in your own words about the lack of vengeance in the decision to suspend the issuance of U.S. visas in Russia tried to save the country’s image among Russians, according to the Senator Alexei Pushkov.

Earlier, Tefft said that the suspension of the issuance of U.S. visas to citizens of Russia is not a place on the decision of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on the reduction of the number of employees of the U.S. Embassy, and the result of this decision.

Speaking of visas, Ambassador Tefft tried to save the remnants of the image of the U.S. among citizens of Russia: «It’s not revenge!» Revenge or not, but create a new barrier.

— Alexei Pushkov (@Alexey_Pushkov) 26 Aug 2017

«His predecessor (former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael) McFaul said in response, the United States will issue fewer visas. Another recent attempt to «punish» Russia. In the spirit of (former US President Barack) Obama,» the Senator added.

Earlier, Moscow has ordered to reduce the U.S. diplomatic mission in Russia to 755 to 455 employees. Thus, Moscow has equated the number of employees of the U.S. Embassy in Russia, the number of employed in the Russian diplomatic mission in the United States. According to the statement of the foreign Ministry, these measures were a response to anti-Russian policy adopted by the us Congress of the new anti-Russian sanctions.

In turn, the US 23 Aug suspended the procedure for issuing nonimmigrant visas throughout Russia. From September 1 this procedure resumes, but only at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Washington explained the innovations to the reduced number of employees. Early American visa issued Consulate in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok.

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