Russia accuses U.S. of intentionally delaying visas for its officers

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FILE PHOTO: A Russian flag flies in entrance of the U.S. embassy constructing in Moscow, Russia, July 28, 2017. Information/Tatyana Makeyeva

MOSCOW (Information) – Russia has accused Washington of intentionally delaying the issuing of visas for Russian officers touring to the USA, one thing it stated may additional harm already strained relations.

The U.S. embassy in Moscow didn’t problem visas to a Russian delegation of treasury officers who had been attributable to attend a global audit administration convention in Washington on Dec. three, the Russian embassy in Washington stated late on Tuesday.

The U.S. embassy didn’t instantly reply to the allegations. But it surely has prior to now stated its consular part has been understaffed since Moscow ordered it to sharply lower its workers in Russia in 2017 throughout a serious diplomatic row.

The Russian embassy stated it didn’t imagine U.S. visas for Russian residents had been being held up due to a scarcity of workers.

“We’re involved concerning the U.S. State Division’s lack of will to make sure the correct work of its personal consular organizations below lame pretexts,” the Russian embassy stated in a press release.

“Such actions by U.S. authorities are resulting in an extra degradation of already uneasy relations between the 2 nations,” it added.

In September, Russia summoned a senior U.S. diplomat to protest over what it stated was Washington’s unacceptable refusal to problem visas to members of a Russian delegation touring to the United Nations Basic Meeting.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; modifying by Tom Balmforth and Lincoln Feast.