Russia and US may be left without direct flights due to Aeroflot’s visa difficulties

Russia and US may be left without direct flights due to Aeroflot’s visa difficulties
# 19 April 2018 20:40 (UTC +04:00)

Russia and the United States may be left without direct flights because of the difficulties the crews of the Russian Aeroflot flagship carrier have with getting US visas, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, APA reports quoting TASS.

"We cannot even rule out now that our countries may be left without flight connection. Aeroflot, which is the only carrier operating regular flights between Russia and the US, may be forced to stop them, as the crews are facing growing difficulties with getting the American visa," the ministry said.

Visa issue


The US embassy in Moscow has no obstacles to the issuance of visas to Russian citizens, as the entire staff of the former US Consulate General in St Petersburg has been relocated to Moscow, an official at the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"The US has relocated the whole staff of its former Consulate General in St Petersburg to Moscow and that’s why they shouldn’t have any obstacles in the issuance of visas," he said, adding that Russia closed down the consulate in St Petersburg in response to the closure of the Russian Consulate General in Seattle.

"There are no obstacles to the issuance of visas to Russian citizens, given the will, which the US has a shortage of," the official said.

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