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US State Department classifies Russians as “homeless nationalities”

U.S.A.US State Department classifies Russians as "homeless nationalities"

The US State Department has classified Russians wishing to obtain a US visa as “homeless nationalities.” The report is published on the website of the department.

It is clarified that this category includes citizens of countries in which the United States does not have a consular office or whose political situation is considered so unstable that it does not allow embassy staff to process their citizens’ visa applications. In this case, the applicants are assigned to the consulate of one or more neighboring countries.

It is noted that currently Russians can apply for a US visa in the Polish capital Warsaw. In total, the list of “homeless nationalities” included citizens of ten countries. These include Venezuela, Yemen, Iran, Cuba, Libya, Syria, Somalia, South Sudan and Eritrea.

diplomatic difficulties

The strained relations between Russia and the United States have been reflected in the work of the diplomatic missions of both countries for more than a year. Another tension occurred in August, when the United States brought the composition of its diplomatic missions in accordance with the new requirements of the Russian government. Now Washington cannot hire Russians and third-country nationals in American embassies and consulates. Commenting on the situation, US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan said that due to these measures, the number of US diplomatic missions in Russia will be reduced to 120 people.

After that, the US State Department announced the need for 24 Russian diplomats to extend visas or leave the country. However, according to Russia‘s ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov, the Russian side acted strictly in accordance with the rules of the host country. “We send documents to the State Department in advance, strictly in due time. However, the reaction is zero, “he said.

On October 5, US senators even called on US President Joe Biden to issue an ultimatum to Russia: Moscow should expand the US embassy, ​​or 300 Russian diplomats will be sent from Washington. In response, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that there were not so many Russian diplomats in Washington. The agency suggested that the congressmen, “not having the relevant knowledge in international relations,” also counted Russian diplomats working in the post-mission to the UN.

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Diplomat from the black list

Against the background of another wave of diplomatic tensions, Moscow was visited by US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, with whom entry into Russia has been banned since 2019. In the capital, the American diplomat met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. They discussed issues of strategic stability and prospects for continued work in this area. In addition, she met with Deputy Chief of Staff Dmitry Kozak, during which politicians discussed the need to agree on the special status of Donbass for further settlement.

Earlier it was reported that Moscow set a condition for the issuance of a visa Nuland. In particular, the Russian side demanded from Washington to issue a permit for the entry of a specialist of the Department of Non-Proliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Foreign Ministry Konstantin Vorontsov, who cannot obtain a visa from 2019. In addition to him, several other Russian diplomats, representatives of Roscosmos and the Ministry of Defense did not receive American visas.

End of all restrictions

On October 13, the head of the press service of the State Department Ned Price answered the question of how the United States can respond to the proposal of the Russian Foreign Ministry to remove all mutual restrictions concerning the work of foreign missions. According to him, diplomacy should be left to people like Victoria Nuland. “We expect parity in terms of staff numbers, we expect reciprocity in the issue of visas,” he said.

Price called on Russia to show “fairness and flexibility” to reach an agreement, and also noted that the countries have agreed on another round of talks. “We hope that the continuation of the dialogue will allow us to find a solution so that our mission in Moscow can continue its normal work,” the American politician concluded.

The US proposal to lift all mutual restrictions in recent years was made the day before by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov during his meeting with Nuland. He noted that “hostile anti-Russian actions will not go unanswered,” but Moscow does not seek further escalation.

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