USA closed the last consulate in Russia
US Consul General in Yekaterinburg Amy Storrow left her position and left Russia. The Ural consulate stopped its work. In her address, she expressed hope that the work of the US Consulate General in Yekaterinburg will soon resume in full, writes Air force.
“The US Consulate General in Yekaterinburg has connected the Urals and Western Siberia with the United States for 27 years, providing visa and service to US citizens, English language learning events, business seminars and exchange programs. Our team has a sincere interest in the people living in this region and the relationships we have built over the years are the foundation of bilateral ties, ”Storrow wrote on her Instagram.
Earlier, the termination of work was announced at the consulate of Vladivostok. Plans to close these two diplomatic missions were discussed last year, during the administration of Donald Trump. This decision was due to the restrictions introduced in 2017 on the number of American diplomats who are allowed to work in Russia.
After the closure of the consulate in Yekaterinburg, the only US diplomatic center in Russia was the embassy in Moscow.
At the end of April this year, the US Embassy in Moscow announced that the issuance of visas to Russians would cease - except in emergencies.
"From May 12, the US Embassy in Moscow will reduce the number of consular services provided, leaving only emergency services for US citizens and a limited number of immigration visas in the event of their expiration, as well as immigration visas in cases of threats to life or death," it said in the message on the website of the US Embassy.
This happened after the decision of the Russian authorities to prohibit the embassies and consulates of countries "committing unfriendly actions towards Russia" from hiring citizens of Russia and third countries. In this case, the number of the consular section of the US Embassy in Moscow will be reduced by 75%, the diplomatic mission said.
The decree was issued against the backdrop of a diplomatic conflict with the Czech Republic, whose authorities suspected Russia of involvement in the explosions of ammunition depots in 2014 and announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats. In response, Moscow also expelled employees of the Czech embassy.
On May 14, the United States Embassy announced that the Russian side would postpone the entry into force of the decision - the US diplomatic missions must stop hiring such citizens until August 1.
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Earlier, the United States imposed new sanctions on Russia, including, among other things, the expulsion of ten Russian diplomats from Washington. Moscow responded by expelling ten American diplomats.
In addition, the Russian Foreign Ministry recommended that US Ambassador John Sullivan leave for Washington "for consultations." Sullivan initially refused to leave Russia, but on April 22 it became known that he flew to the United States - and is still there.
As ForumDaily wrote earlier:
- 23 April Vladimir Putin signed a decree according to which the embassies of states "committing unfriendly actions" against Russia will be limited in the right to hire Russian citizens.
- The decree was issued against the backdrop of deteriorating relations between the Russian Federation and the United States, a number of European countries, as well as the diplomatic conflict with the Czech Republic, whose authorities suspected Russia of involvement in the explosions of ammunition depots in 2014, and announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats. In response, Moscow also expelled employees of the Czech embassy.
- In April, the President of the United States Joe Biden imposed new sanctions against Russia and stated that it is a response to cyberattacks and attempts to interfere in the 2020 presidential election.
- Thereafter Washington and Moscow exchanged expelled diplomats.
- Among other things, the Russian Foreign Ministry recommended that US Ambassador John Sullivan leave for Washington "for consultations." Sullivan initially refused to leave Russia, but on April 22 it became known that he flew to the USA.
- Earlier RF closed the US Consulate in Vladivostok, and the diplomatic mission in Yekaterinburg stopped serving US citizens and stopped issuing visas. This means that except at the Moscow Embassy, Russian citizens have nowhere else to obtain a visa to enter the United States, and United States citizens have nowhere else to turn for help.
- Already on April 30, it became known that USA stopped issuing visas in Moscow, after which the Russians have nowhere else to get them. And on May 14, the US Embassy temporarily resumed issuing visas.
- ForumDaily also wrote about how Russians get an American visa in another country.
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