Without phones and rush: how was the first day of the new consular center USA

© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Aminopherase in fotomasterskie the new U.S. Embassy building in MoscowWithout phones and rush: how was the first day of the new consular center USA© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Aminopherase the image Bank

The first day of the new consular centre of the US Embassy in Moscow began on Tuesday without much fuss and queues. A small crowd made only of dancers from Siberia who are going on tour in the US, the rest of the consular section works in the usual way, not counting the new interiors and rigid rules of carrying phones.

As the Embassy said, in the domestic territory on the South side of the building, where is the entrance to the consular section, you will find a large garden with an area of 20 acres, planted «plants, typical for this region to give care all year round.» Attention to vegetation is not a whim of American diplomats, but deliberate policy of «ecological rationality». As stated in the Embassy if the construction were widely used eco-efficient materials and technologies.

The architect of the building was made by the firm from Missouri «Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum». Describing her designs, the Embassy says about space topics. Though from the outside it is a glass fence, which caused the «galactic» patterns. The rest of the building is simply a multi-storey glass box, surrounded by orange bricks – a typical office building in Moscow.

The new building was laid in October 2013 — several months before the February coup in Ukraine and the ensuing deterioration of relations between Russia and the United States. The state Department hoped that the transfer of the consular section in the new building will allow to increase the capacity of the consular Department and, therefore, make a greater number of visitors only on the first floor are 23 Windows for interviews.

However true this is not meant to be. Deportation under Barack Obama 35 families of the Russian diplomats, closing access to the countryside villas of the permanent mission of the Russian Federation in new York and the Embassy of Russia in Washington for alleged attempts to «RF interference» in the course of the presidential elections in the United States led to retaliatory measures of Moscow. She slightly povremenim with the response and giving time to the administration of Donald trump to remedy the situation, invited Washington to reduce the number of diplomatic missions in Russia up to 455 people, bringing it in line with the number of Russian personnel in the United States.

The United States went to mitigate conflict, but rather has temporarily suspended the issuance of visas to Russia and demanded to close the Russian Consulate in San Francisco, building of the trade mission in Washington and rent, trade mission in new York. Then the visa was renewed but the Embassy recognize that while you will not be able to fully use the potential of the new building.

«After the layoffs we have had only 40% of the state and only 12 of the consular officers. Together they do as non-immigrant and immigrant visas and consular services for American citizens,» – said in an interview with «Nezavisimaya Gazeta», the U.S. Consul General in Russia Lawrence Toby.

In a day when the new building in Bolshoy Devyatinsky pereulok at eight o’clock, when usually gather applicants for a U.S. visa, was almost empty.

The employee of the copy center advertises its services at the Embassy, told RIA Novosti that, in his opinion, a large influx of willing on Tuesday at all. «Wednesday should be the flow more, so you better come tomorrow,» he says.

A few visitors were able to see the welcome message in English, which informs them about what the consular section today it takes at this address, and recalls that the phones on the territory of the Embassy allowed. Earlier in another building of the US Embassy complex were the cells where it was possible to leave the phone, but now they are not.

Approached a group of young people. At first thought it was the students or the students on the tour — among them there were only a few adults. It turned out to be a troupe of Krasnoyarsk dance company of Siberia named after Mikhail Godenko going to the US at 9:15 they have scheduled for an interview. The coordinator of the group explains that problems with the design of applications for visa and the interview they had, despite the second half of 2017 complexity in the work of the consular Department of the Embassy.

«There were no problems, we are there already know just. We’re going on tour», — said the Agency interlocutor.

© RIA Novosti . Valery Melnikova in Photobacterium visitors in the new building of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow located at Bolshoy devyatinsky pereulok, 8Without phones and rush: how was the first day of the new consular center USA© RIA Novosti . Valery Melnikova in Photobacterium visitors in the new building of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow located at Bolshoy devyatinsky pereulok, 8

Without phones and rush: how was the first day of the new consular center USA© Fotolia / sellingThe Nation: the US lied to Russia and the media about this macattack it turned out it was 9:15 on Tuesday and began receiving Russian citizens. At this point, at the entrance to the Embassy even has a waiting list of about 60-65 people, but the lion’s share – 49 people – consisted of Krasnoyarsk artists. Moreover, the line at the outer entrance literally disappeared for 15 minutes. A while some of the applicants stood at the entrance to the building on the territory of the Embassy, but nevertheless, for a long time people did not have to wait.

About an hour after people were let inside, began to leave the first visitors interviewed. First came the artists of the Krasnoyarsk ensemble, which positively assessed the visit to the new building.

«Everything went well, quickly. Were there problems with the phones? No, we didn’t take them, we were warned,» they say.

© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Aminopherase in fotomontaggi the U.S. Embassy building on Bolshoy Devyatinsky pereulok in MoscowWithout phones and rush: how was the first day of the new consular center USA© RIA Novosti / Maxim to Aminopherase in fotomontaggi the U.S. Embassy building on Bolshoy Devyatinsky pereulok in Moscow

Without phones and rush: how was the first day of the new consular center USA© RIA Novosti / Sergey Kazaksha recognized nuclear advantage of Russia, said Smepa their reviews, the reception at the consular section passed quickly, in they spent about 35 minutes. «All the more convenient, comfortable, plenty of space. Interview in one place, reception in another. On the prohibition of carrying phones, we were told, the Embassy sent SMS, we arrived without them,» says another member of the Siberian troupe Paul Sitnikov.

Visitors positively appreciated the new consular center, but noted that he did not notice anything new, except for tougher rules to bring phones and «clean, new» interior.

«Everything went well. But this is no different from the old (the consular center), just all new. All very quickly, we are happy», — says the couple who ordered further visa.

With regard to the carrying of phones, the vast majority of visitors consular centre on Tuesday was told that he actually received notification from the Embassy about the new rules. Some for various reasons did not know about it – they ran to their cars to leave the phone, gave his escort waiting outside or not related to living or working nearby friends.

© RIA Novosti / Valery Melnikova in Photobacterium visitors in the new building of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow located at Bolshoy devyatinsky pereulok, 8Without phones and rush: how was the first day of the new consular center USA© RIA Novosti / Valery Melnikova in Photobacterium visitors in the new building of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow located at Bolshoy devyatinsky pereulok, 8

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