The United States has used Russian-led diplomatic missions as an excuse to suspend consular services, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in an interview with RBC.
“We have repeatedly warned Americans that in the absence of a positive response to our proposals on how to define the working conditions of institutions abroad, things could turn upside down. “This implies restrictions and, if necessary, a complete ban on hiring local staff, and now that has happened,” he said.
“Americans are using this situation as an excuse to deal with some of their own problems related to the operation of consular institutions,” he added.
Ryabkov noted that despite pressure on Russian institutions in the United States, they continue to operate without restriction in their consular services.
“We continue to work as much as possible without reducing the level of consular services provided.” “We intend to do that in the future,” he said.
At the same time, he noted that the United States could have refrained from deciding to restrict the issuance of nonimmigrant visas and restrictions on consular services, but the US side was not prepared to compromise.
“So far, we do not see anything but demonstrations in the steps of the United States. “The United States is not concerned with providing services to the people here and there.”