Russian deputy minister of Foreign Affairs new ambassador in USA

Russian deputy minister of Foreign Affairs new ambassador in USA

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Russian president Vladimir Putin, Anatoly Antonov was appointed the new ambassador in the United States. He replaces Sergey Kisjlak last month after nearly ten years resigned.

The 62-year-old Antonov was until his appointment deputy minister, ministry of Foreign Affairs. Before that, he was for six years secretary of Defense.

Kisjlak applies if a key person in the investigation of interference of Russia in the U.s. presidential election. He had before and after the U.s. presidential elections in contact with several members of the team of Donald Trump.

The United States announced Monday the visa in Russia to significantly reduce because the Kremlin, the Us diplomatic staff has been reduced by 755 people. The downsizing of the staff happened as a reaction to the new sanctions that the U.S., the Russians had imposed.

The embassy in Moscow showed Monday, in a statement to know Wednesday to temporarily stop the issuance of visas to Russians for a temporary stay in the US. The service on 1 september resumed “on a significantly smaller scale”. In practice, this means that Russian tourists to Moscow for a visa because that is no longer available in consulates elsewhere in the country.

The Russian minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov denounced the measure. “The Americans have once again thought up something new to the discontent of the Russian citizens in respect of the Russian authorities to stir up.”

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The U.s. House of Representatives voted last month with an overwhelming majority for new sanctions against Russia because of its interference in the American presidential elections and military role in Ukraine and Syria.

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