«This is not revenge»: the US Ambassador explained the suspension of the issuance of visas to Russians

© AP Photo / Susan WalshПосол of the USA in Russia John Tefft. Archival photo«This is not revenge»: the US Ambassador explained the suspension of the issuance of visas to Russians© AP Photo / Susan Walsh

U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft explained what caused the suspension of the issuance of U.S. visas to Russians. The corresponding statement of the American diplomat published in the official account of the U.S. Embassy on YouTube.

The suspension is not indefinite

Earlier this week, the United States decided to suspend the issuance of nonimmigrant visas throughout Russia, were modified terms of processing immigrant visas. This decision entered into force on August 23.

As noted in the American Embassy, the procedure for issuing nonimmigrant visas will be resumed from 1 September, but only in Moscow. As for consulates in other cities of Russia, registration was suspended for an indefinite period.

A Video Response Tefft

As noted by the American Ambassador, the suspension of issuing visas is a consequence of the decision of the Russian authorities to reduce the number of the US diplomatic mission in Russia. This Tefft stressed that the suspension of the visa cannot be regarded as the revenge of Washington.

Earlier, Russia responded to the new anti-Russian sanctions of the U.S. Congress, by ordering to reduce the size of the us diplomatic mission to 755. Thus, the number of employees of the American Embassy in Russia working in Russian Embassy in the US was the same — for 455 employees from each side.

The American Ambassador in his video response to a question, the user from Russia said that the reduction of the staff of the American Embassy led to the reallocation of staff resources.

«I’m sad that some of the Russian commentators of what is happening serves as a cynical attempt on our part to punish thus of Russians in response to the requirement to reduce the size of our workforce. It is not so. It’s not revenge! But our staff was reduced to such an extent that we have to redeploy our human resources to tackle a variety of tasks. Issuance of visas is only one of them,» — said Tefft.

The American Ambassador also admitted that the United States «expected that the Russian side didn’t make it.»

Earlier, the state Department also stated that it is not necessary to consider the suspension of visa as a «response» as a pause in the results caused by the reduction of staff of the us diplomatic mission in Russia.

«This is not revenge»: the US Ambassador explained the suspension of the issuance of visas to Russians
Moscow’s Reaction

Russia regarded the US action as another step aimed at worsening bilateral relations.

If you are affected by the US decision to suspend the issuance of visas to Russians?

  • Yes, I have already submitted the documents, I don’t know what will happen next
  • Wanted(a) to go there, but now abandon plans to quickly apply for a visa will not work
  • No, I’m not going to(Las) in USA

Results

  • 2.7%

    Yes, I have already submitted the documents, I don’t know what will happen next

  • 4.2%

    Wanted(a) to go there, but now abandon plans to quickly apply for a visa will not work

  • 93.1%

    No, I’m not going to(Las) in USA

All prosegregation foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the suspension of the visa intended to cause the Russians dissatisfaction with the actions of the Russian leadership.

He also stressed that Moscow will study the decision of the United States, before you can retaliate.

In the foreign Ministry promised that they would not «retaliate» to Americans because of the situation with a pause in visas. Also in the Russian diplomatic Department has considered baseless the excuse by the us authorities, who explained the suspension of the issuance of visas by the decision of the Russian Federation to reduce the size of the US diplomatic mission.

«This is a hastily concocted story about what is allegedly the result of actions of the Russian Federation, this all has under itself no soil. In my opinion, it is obvious that this is an attempt a quick compilation of facts and explanations of those difficulties, which have been invented,» —said the official representative of the foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

Russian Senator Alexey Pushkov, commenting on the video of the American Ambassador, said that Tefft was trying to save the image of the United States among Russians, having declared about absence of vengeance in the decision to suspend the visa regime.«This is not revenge»: the US Ambassador explained the suspension of the issuance of visas to Russians© RIA Novosti, Infografiken sanctions against Russia and retaliatory measures

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