The US ambassador said he has suspended visa and civil services at the Russian consulate, making the service available only at the Moscow embassy.
The move was made due to safety and security issues at a facility that was scaled down at COVID-19 after the United States stopped working at two Russian consulates last year.
US-Russia relations are tense due to issues ranging from the conflict in Ukraine to Syria and Russia’s allegations of interference with US politics, which Moscow has denied.
Washington said last month that US President Joe Biden would “pay” for Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to direct efforts to direct the November 2020 US presidential election to Donald Trump. We will impose new sanctions on Moscow.
Ambassador John Sullivan said in a statement that operations at the US Consulate in the Far East city of Vladivostok would remain suspended.
He does not issue visas or provide services to US citizens as of Thursday, although the US Consulate in Yekaterinburg remains open. That is, all visa applications from Russia are processed by the Moscow embassy.
“The embassy also provides visa services as efficiently and quickly as possible, taking into account staffing constraints,” said Sullivan.
In March, Russia recalled the ambassador to the United States to Moscow to discuss the future of US-Russian relations. He said this was a measure to prevent bilateral relations from becoming irreparably worse.
Gabrielle Tétrault-by Farber