A cross-party trip to Russia, which included Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, Ron Johnson and John Barrasso, was canceled after Shaheen was denied his visa applications, on a “black list”.
A Democratic senator from New Hampshire has been added to a “black list” after Russia refused to apply for a visa, effectively canceling a bipartisan congressional trip to the country in the coming weeks.
The Russian Embassy said on Saturday that it denied had, the visa request of sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a member of the Senate foreign relations Committee, in response to the U.S. legislators, backed more sanctions against Russia earlier this year and are part of a “black list”.
The two-term senator canceled, along with Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and John Barrasso of Wyoming, who had planned to travel to Russia in January, but the trip now.
“While she regrets the fact that the Kremlin’s decision to hinder dialogue between the Senate and the Russian people, (the senator), in order to continue their work, in order to hold the Russian government responsible for its actions, which is against international norms and against the Russian people,” Shaheen spokesman said the news Agency.
In a statement, the Russian Embassy in Washington blamed for the creation of “this situation” and asked Washington for a waiver of the sanctions.
The senators also reportedly to visit in Germany and the Ukraine as part of the trip and meetings with Russian stakeholders as well as managers and future executives to talk about the future diplomatic relations were
The Associated Press contributed to this report.