US citizens whose Russian visa expires are advised to leave the country by June 15, the mission said.
Diplomatic mission “for the foreseeable future” will not offer notary services, consular reports on foreign births, or passport renewal services. The embassy offered to send email requests to those who need a new US passport if the situation is an emergency.
“If you are a US citizen in Russia and your visa expires, we recommend that you leave the Russian Federation before June 15, the deadline set by the Russian government,” the diplomatic mission said.
They noted that if necessary, US citizens should contact the local offices of the Ministry of Internal Affairs if they need to stay in the Russian Federation, the US Embassy in Moscow will not be able to answer certain questions related to staying in the Russian Federation or with Russian visas, since the government of the country fully controls the process.
It notes that the situation is connected with the notification of the Russian government about the intention to prohibit the American diplomatic mission from hiring foreign citizens in any capacity.
In mid-April, the United States imposed another batch of sanctions against Russia, and Russian diplomats were also hit. Washington said, in particular, that it is expelling 10 employees of the Russian diplomatic mission from the country, giving them a month to collect.
The Russian response was not long in coming. Moscow, recognizing that it does not have adequate leverage over the United States in the financial sphere, decided to restrict the work of American diplomatic missions in Russia seriously. In addition to the mirror expulsion of 10 American diplomats, Russia announced that it was suspending the activities of American foundations and NGOs controlled by the State Department and other US government agencies and imposing personal sanctions against eight current and former US administration officials. In addition, the American diplomatic mission will no longer be allowed to hire Russians, and American diplomats remaining in Russia will be restricted from freedom of movement in the country, denouncing the bilateral agreement “on open land.” In addition, the Russian Federation decided to stop the practice of short-term business trips of State Department employees to the Russian Federation, minimizing the number of Russian visas issued for this purpose – no more than 10 per year.