The US and Russia have made progress in recent days on bilateral diplomatic visa issues, the State Department said, commenting on the info that Moscow and Washington had reached preliminary agreements on the issuance of Russian entry visas to employees of the US embassy.
“A functioning embassy is crucial for diplomacy, so we continue to work hard to resolve this problem. We continue to deal with these are current issues. In recent days, we have made progress on bilateral issues and hope to continue moving in this direction,” the State Department said.
The US continues to discuss with Russia the issue of issuing visas to diplomats. The Foreign Ministry spokesman recalled that the US side limited the terms of business trips of employees of Russian missions abroad to the US by three years.
As Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov said earlier, the State Department indicated that in case of refusal to leave the United States, 55 Russian diplomats would be deprived of immunity and other diplomatic privileges, “we are talking about actual expulsion.”
“The diplomats have been in the US for more than three years and have been informed that they need to leave the country at the end of their business trip,” the State Department spokesman said.