Us Ambassador to Russia John Tefft explained the situation with the suspension of the issuance of visas. Tefft said that this decision is not the answer to any of Moscow’s actions, and dictated a reallocation of staff resources. The head of the diplomatic mission made a promise to do everything possible to resume the issuance of nonimmigrant visas. In the Federation Council, called the Ambassador “a clumsy attempt to justify”.
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The decision to suspend the issuance of nonimmigrant visas to citizens of Russia American dippredstavitelstva is not an act of revenge. This statement was made by U.S. Ambassador John Tefft. The Embassy of the United States were forced to engage in the redistribution of personnel after the decision of Moscow on the expulsion of us diplomats explained to the Ambassador in his video.
“Our staff was reduced to such an extent that we have to redeploy our human resources to address a variety of tasks, and the issuing of visas is one of them,” said Tefft noted that the Embassy of the decision of the Russian leadership was a complete surprise.
“We did not expect that the Russian side would come to this”, – stated in the message.
Tefft has promised to do everything possible in order to establish a process of issuing non-immigrant visas.
The diplomat did not find understanding among some Russian senators. The first Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Vladimir Jabbarov called a very clumsy attempt of the statement of the diplomat.
“The tourist flow from Russia is not so great. Attempt to justify Tefft looks very awkward,” said the Senator, quoted by RT.
Senator Alexei Pushkov called the statement Tefft attempt to save the image.
“Speaking of visas, Ambassador Tefft tried to save the remnants of the image of the U.S. among citizens of Russia: “It’s not revenge!” Revenge or not, but create a new barrier”, — stated in the message of the Senator on Twitter.