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The US Embassy in Russia is expected to reduce its staff by 75% due to a new Kremlin rule

Moscow will ban local hiring of Russian and foreign nationals. He argues that he must do this to “contain hostile actions” by foreign nations.

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Virtual Summit of Leaders for Climate. EFE / EPA / ALEXEI DRUZHININ

O US Embassy in Moscow announced on Friday that from the next may 12 It will cut its consular staff by 75% in light of the Russian Government’s announcement that it will ban local recruitment of Russian and third-country nationals.

In a statement, the United States representation indicated that reduce the provision of consular services, which will be limited to emergency assistance to citizens of the United States and the issuance of a “very limited number of immigrant visas for life and death cases”.

“Non-immigrant visa processing for travel other than diplomats will cease”, underlines the note published on the embassy website, which informs that, in addition, routine notary services, such as the renewal of passports or birth records, will not be provided.

General view of the US Embassy in Moscow, Russia.  EFE / Sergei Ilnitsky / Archive

General view of the US Embassy in Moscow, Russia. EFE / Sergei Ilnitsky / Archive

What else, strongly recommended for American citizens who are in Russia with their expired visas to leave the country before June 15, the grace period granted to all foreigners in an irregular situation established by the Russian Government due to the coronavirus pandemic.

We regret that the actions of the Russian government forced us to reduce our consular staff by 75%, and we will endeavor to offer American citizens the greatest possible number of services ”, concludes the declaration.

On April 23, the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, issued a decree on “measures to neutralize hostile actions “ foreign states, which includes, among others, a ban on hiring local personnel in their diplomatic representations in Russia.

The head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov.  Photo by Yuri Kochetkov / Pool via REUTERS

The head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov. Photo by Yuri Kochetkov / Pool via REUTERS

On Wednesday, the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei LavrovHe stressed that Russia does not practice hiring local people for its embassies and, therefore, can prohibit foreign accredited legations in the country from doing the same.

Lavrov announced that the Russian government is working on development of a “list of hostile countries”, which will be published shortly.

According to the newspaper Izvestia, a dozen countries could be included in this list, among them United States, Poland, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, as well as the United Kingdom, Ukraine and Australia.

(With information from EFE)

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