Moscow denounces US decision to label Russians “homeless” for visa purposes – .

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Moscow denounces US decision to label Russians “homeless” for visa purposes – .


MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia on Sunday condemned the United States’ decision to add Russians seeking American visas to a list of “homeless nationals” who can apply for visas in third countries.
The move allowed Russians to apply for US visas in Warsaw instead of their home country after the US embassy stopped processing most visa applications in May due to Moscow’s ban on employing of embassy staff in Russia.

The US State Department lists applicants from countries in which the United States does not have consular representation or where consular staff cannot issue visas due to the political or security situation as “homeless”.

Russia became the 10th country on the list, after Cuba, Eritrea, Iran, Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen.

“American diplomats have for many years been destroying the consular service system in Russia…” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on social media.

“They turned a technical procedure, a routine for the 21st century, into hell. “

With ties already at post-Cold War lows, Russia and the United States are vying for how many diplomats they can send to their respective capitals and have failed to move forward in talks this month. -this.

In addition, Russia placed the United States on a list of “unfriendly” countries that must apply for permission to employ Russian nationals – and set the United States quota at zero.

During the talks, Moscow said it was ready to lift all restrictions imposed in recent years, and Washington said it wanted parity on diplomatic staff and visa reciprocity.

(Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; editing by Matthias Williams and Kevin Liffey)

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