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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A blow to the elite, who would hurt to tighten the rules for issuing us visas

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow was a line of people wanting to have time to obtain a visa. Wednesday, August 23, the mission is, as advertised, shall suspend the procedure of registration of non-immigrant visas until 1 September. And with the beginning of autumn permission to enter the U.S. Russians can only get in the Moscow Embassy. The American side is motivated by the forced reduction of staff. The next move in the diplomatic war between the US and Russia made. The questions remain, how far can make this way. This “MK” talked to an expert.

photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

— Why this time the U.S. decided to hit ordinary Russian citizens?

Americans believe that in America, going mostly to the elite and subelite groups, the mass audience is not there, — said in comments the “MK” the Deputy Director General of the Center for political technologies, Alexei Makarkin. — For the Russians to buy a ticket often costs a fortune. The United States decided this time to strike at these groups. Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the United States is almost a revolution in Russia want to make. But this, of course, unlikely. Revolutions are not provoked. All of these groups of the society are quite weak. It is difficult to imagine that they will go to the streets due to the fact that was complicated by the possibility of leaving. But it will be really unpleasant, especially their representatives, who in America, property, business or family.

— Is it dangerous discontent of those groups, the Russian authorities?

— Hardly. The real influence of the elite and subelite groups is low. The Russian public, for example, actively defended the film Director Kirill Serebrennikov, but it is still detained. However, in the future the danger might be. A significant part of the elites came from the fact, that America need to agree. But at the moment nothing but talk and frustration in our bilateral relations, the elite have.

— What is the next step in this diplomatic war?

— Russia will not respond to the United States symmetrically. It is not very profitable because she still cooperates with the us business, entrepreneurs from the United States actively lobbied for an easing of sanctions. A symmetrical response will hurt them. This is hardly rational. But may be asymmetric measures. And it can be anything. We have such a thing as “junk organization”, perhaps, their number will be expanded.

— As far as these measures are in line with the position of President trump?

These measures were clearly the position of the state Department, but the position endorsed by trump. Without it, such decisions are not made. But a number of other decisions show that the administration of the tramp, more like the usual Republican administration. That is, if initially it was the figure, ready to lead a different policy towards Russia, now they are missing. And if so, the decision to reduce the number of American diplomats in Russia is testimony to the profound disappointment of our government to the Republican administration and the possibilities of the President trump to change anything.

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