Embassy of the Russian Federation: UK does not comply with the procedure for issuing visas to Russian diplomats


LONDON, December 30. /Corr. Igor Brovarnik/. Britain has long ceased to comply with the provisions of the Memorandum of understanding on the issuance of visas to Russian diplomats. About TASS reported in the Russian Embassy in the British capital.

“The only written bilateral agreement between Russia and great Britain is a Memorandum of understanding on the issuance of visas 1989, whereby the parties usually provide a response to visa requests of this category within one month. The British side has long ceased to comply with the provisions of the Memorandum initiating the visa problems. This was followed by a combination of a number of discriminatory measures towards the foreign employees of Russian institutions in the UK”, – said the Embassy, noting that now is the time for long-term travel of Russian diplomats will depend on the decision of the British authorities.

“This is a clear violation of the receiving party to the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations of 1961, and we do not agree with this discriminatory approach”, – said the source Agency.

At the Russian Embassy in London commented on the statement of foreign Minister of the United Kingdom, according to which “the approach to the extension of visas for officials of the Russian Embassy in London reflects the order that exists for employees of the British Embassy in Moscow”.

“Employees of the British Embassy in Moscow and members of their families, as far as we know, is not faced with such difficulties, and even EN masse. The term of prolongation of visas in the British party established the procedure for all diplomatic missions is 4-5 weeks. With regard to the Russian Embassy, at the present time the British authorities on the extension of visas are dozens of passports of our employees and their families, and the processing time is almost half of the bids have ranged from 6 to 16 weeks. This limits the freedom of action in both professional and humanitarian aspect”, – the diplomat added.