“Due to the Russian government-imposed cap on U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia, all nonimmigrant visa operations across Russia will be suspended on August 23. Operations will resume in Moscow on September 1; visa operations at the U.S. consulates will remain suspended indefinitely,” a statement from the U.S. Embassy said.
The response is the latest in a series of back-and-forth issues after President Trump signed a Russian sanctions bill last month. Russia later announced plans to scale back U.S. diplomatic staff in the country. The sanctions bill was originally passed as punishment for the Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Mr. Trump has made bettering relations with Russia a noted priority despite allegations that his campaign may have colluded with the government in last year’s election, something Mr. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin both deny.
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