Russia will not restrict the issuance of visas to Americans in response to such measures from the United States. About it in interview to TV channel «Rain» said the speaker of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova.
In her words, «the horror, which gave the Americans» is «a genocide of ordinary people».
Zakharova argues that the United States began to increase the term of consideration of visa applications from 10 to 50 days in may.
«We started receiving requests of citizens who asked what happened to the American Embassy,» she said.
On the question of whether to call what is happening between America and Russia a new cold war, Zakharov said that there are few words to describe the situation, but to pronounce them in the air she can’t.
«I think that must prevail reason. You need to understand that we are falling into a pit from which not to leave,» she added.
In December 2016 in the framework of the sanctions package against Russia, U.S. authorities have seized two country residence of Russian diplomats in new York and Maryland. In addition, the U.S. State Department declared persona non grata 35 Russian diplomats.
28 July 2017 in response to the sanctions policy of the USA the Russian side has decided to suspend from 1 August using the USA Embassy in Russia of all storage areas on a Traffic street in Moscow and cottages in the Serebryany Bor. In addition, the US has proposed to reduce the number of American diplomats in Russia.
On August 21, the U.S. Embassy in Russia has said that Washington has stopped issuing nonimmigrant visas throughout the territory of the Russian Federation for an indefinite period. September 1 this procedure resumes in Moscow.
Zakharova called «genocide of the ordinary people» the suspension of the issuance of visas from the US 29.08.2017