© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite in fotolanciay center in Moscow. Archival photo© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite the image Bank
Moscow proposed the unification of the visa interview and promptness of consideration of messages of citizens, said the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
Zakharova noted that since April this year, the period of interviews was extended by the American side to 300 days, while «the Russian side only in response, in may of this year has increased the term of consideration of visa applications of 15 days (…) on short-term and 30 long-term visas».
«To sign up for a group interview is almost impossible to apply for visas just becomes meaningless,» said Zakharova, commenting on the procedure of issuing visas of the USA. She also noted that earlier there were cases of non-refoulement in time of U.S. visas to Russian athletes invited to events, and cultural figures, and accused the US of deliberately creating a «visa cloud». «Artificially created by the American authorities, the situation with issuance of visas leads to difficulty in maintaining the business, cultural, sports and even family ties,» — said Zakharov.
Earlier it was reported that the Minister-counselor for visa matters of the Embassy of the USA in Moscow Michael Yoder has offered to host RF «friendly competition» in the number of visas issued in both countries and promised to exceed the number of assigned documents in 2 times. He noted that no matter who wins the competition if more tourists will travel to both countries, then everybody wins.