Posted on November 19, 2022 | 11:10 a.m.
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News/Sputnik – November 19, 2022) Russia is not hampering the process of recruiting new employees at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and is ready to consider any visa applications, the Ambassador of Russia in the United States Anatoly Antonov.
“We are not creating any impediments or barriers to the expansion of US Embassy Moscow staff…We are prepared to consider all requests and ready to exchange visas on a mutually agreeable basis, although we believe the situation with the work of the Russian Embassy here (in Washington) and, of course, our counterparts in Moscow should have been normalized long ago,” Antonov told reporters.
The ambassador added that Russian diplomats do not have “a single request for consular personnel at the US Embassy in Moscow”. The US embassy has long suspended consular services to Russians, including issuing visas, citing a staff shortage as the reason.
The US State Department said earlier that Washington and Moscow were in contact regarding the lifting of some of the restrictions that made it difficult for embassies to operate.