US Embassy in Russia has said that it will recommence its select visa services in US Consulates. These had been earlier canceled by the US Embassy in Russia owing to diplomatic expulsions resulting in a shortage of staff.
The US had started to decrease its visa services in Russia from August 2017. This enraged Moscow that had earlier ordered Washington to reduce its staff at embassies and consulates by more than half. The order was passed by Vladimir Putin the President of Russia.
The decision to decrease visa services by the US enhanced the difficulties for Russian nationals. These were no longer able to apply for study, business or travel visas to the US from outside the Moscow consulate. They had to now travel to the capital of Russia for all their visa applications, as quoted by the Indian Express.
US Embassy released a statement that it will recommence its select visa services from 11 December 2017. From this date, limited non-migrant visas interviews will be offered by US Consulates at Vladivostok, Yekaterinburg, and St. Petersburg.
On the other hand diplomatic tussle between US and Russia has expanded to further levels. The junior house of Russian Parliament passed a bill unanimously authorizing the government to list overseas media channels as alien agents. This was in quick response to demands made by the US to the Russia TV Channel.
The bill was passed after RT funded by the Russian government registered as a foreign agent with the Justice Department in the US. It was after pressure was mounted by Washington for this. The intelligence agencies in the US had alleged that Kremlin used RT as a tool to interfere in the elections for US President in 2016.
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