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U.S. Temporarily Halts Nonimmigrant Visas For Russians

A Russian policeman stands in front of an opening to a U.S. Embassy in downtown Moscow in 2013.

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A Russian policeman stands in front of an opening to a U.S. Embassy in downtown Moscow in 2013.

Ivan Sekretarev/AP

The U.S. State Department says it will temporarily stop arising nonimmigrant visas to Russians in response to Moscow’s preference to force a U.S. to condense a tactful and technical staff in Russia.

The American Embassy in Moscow and consulates elsewhere in Russia are cancelling interviews for visa requests and suspending all nonimmigrant visa operations until Sept. 1, NPR’s Michele Kelemen reports. After that date, a distribution of nonimmigrant visas will resume during a embassy in Moscow, though not during a other consulates, Michele says.

The pierce follows President Vladimir Putin’s sequence late final month for Washington to cut 755 diplomats and other crew in Russia by Sept. 1. That would leave 455 staffers, relating a series of Russian tactful and technical staff in a U.S.

Putin’s preference came in plea for sanctions imposed by a U.S. on Russia for a nosiness in a 2016 U.S. election.

The sequence to ban U.S. tactful staff “calls into doubt Russia’s earnest about posterior improved relations,” a U.S. Embassy pronounced in a statement.

Reacting to a latest move, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pronounced during a news discussion in Moscow that Russia will “study” a proclamation though that it “is not going to take it out on U.S. citizens.”

Also on Monday, a Kremlin announced that Anatoly Antonov would be a subsequent ambassador, replacing Sergey Kislyak, who has figured in a ongoing review of probable links between Russia and Trump debate and White House officials.