The United States has deliberately destroyed its consular service in Russia over the past years. This opinion was expressed by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova. She posted a video of the interview on the Telegram channel.
According to her, difficulties with obtaining American visas existed even before the ban on hiring employees in US diplomatic institutions on the territory of the Russian Federation.
“The thesis that they have brought to the degree … inadequacy of registration, issuance of visas and, in general, the entire consular process in Russia, they link with the fact that they have few employees … And until the ban on hiring Russian citizens lasted up to a year this procedure is only for obtaining consent for an interview, ”Zakharova noted.
She also stressed that the Russian Federation, unlike the United States, issues visas to American citizens “like in a pharmacy – quickly, clearly.”
Recall that in May the US Embassy in Moscow suspended the provision of non-diplomatic visa services, explaining this by the ban on the part of the Russian Federation on hiring local and foreign personnel. The provision of such services at the consulates in Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok was also suspended.
The US Department of State has listed Russians wishing to apply for a visa to the Homeless Nationalities category. Such applicants are assigned to the consulates of neighboring countries. To obtain American visas, citizens of the Russian Federation need to contact the US mission in Warsaw. At the Russian Foreign Ministry, similar actions by the American side called “bullying.”