The US has resumed issuance of visas in Moscow and propose to move away from the principle of “an eye for an eye”
The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has resumed processing applications for visas and the state Department urges Russia to leave from a principle “an eye for an eye”, said at a regular briefing for journalists the head a press-services of the Department of state Heather Nauert.
Moscow previously offered Washington by 1 September to bring the number of American diplomatic and technical staff in Russia in exact accordance with the same Russian representatives in the United States. This means that the total number of personnel in U.S. diplomatic missions in Russia, is reduced to 455. After that, the Embassy has said it will not be able to process applications for visas at a normal pace. Moreover, the United States told Russian diplomats to release a number of buildings in San Francisco and Washington.
Nauert pointed out that now the number of consular workers visas has become smaller: “the Visa process is resumed. I guess it was 1st of September… (But) we will not be able to process visa applications quickly.” (Quoted by TASS.)
She added that the United States does not want Moscow and Washington have continued to take action against each other in the field of their diplomatic relations. “We would like to see these relations improve. We would not want to continue this kind of diplomatic “eye for an eye.” There are many areas where we hope we could cooperate,” – said the representative of the diplomatic Department of the USA.
Nauert did not discuss possible retaliatory steps from Russia, once again expressing hope for improved relations between the two countries. It also separately refused to comment on the statement of Russian President Vladimir Putin about Moscow’s intention to appeal in a U.S. court in connection with the blocking of a number of Russian diplomatic facilities. “Welcome to the American justice system,” – said the representative of the state Department.
At the briefing, the journalists also drew attention to the statements of the Russian leader about Secretary Rex Tillerson. “We Mr. Tillerson, too, was once awarded the order of Friendship. But, apparently, he got into bad company and a little bit in the other direction otrulivaet. But I hope that the wind of cooperation, friendship and interaction going in the right course in the end,” – said the other day Putin.
“I didn’t ask him (Tillerson) about it. This is a very interesting comment from President Vladimir Putin,” said Neuert.