MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia will further examine the US decision to suspend and then to limit issuing of visas to Russian nationals, but it will not create difficulties for US nationals trying to obtain a visa for Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday.
Earlier in the day the US embassy announced that non-immigrant visa processing would be suspended on Wednesday, August 23. The embassy said Moscow’s requirement to cut its staff to 455 diplomats and technical personnel would also affect “the scheduling of a limited number of immigrant visa applications.”
“I just familiarized myself with this decision, only saw its summary in media reports. Therefore of course, we shall examine it additionally,”
Lavrov told a press conference.
According to the minister, Russia’s response measures will depend on the further examination of the US decision.
“We’ll see, I can say one thing, we will not take it out on the US citizens. If someone hoped that in this case a bad example will be contagious, they are wrong,”