Zakharova called a breach of the obligations non-issuance of U.S. visas to athletes of the Russian Federation


MOSCOW, March 28. /TASS/. Russia is outraged by the refusal of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, the conduct of interviews to obtain us visas team of Russia on free-style wrestling, considers it a flagrant violation of the obligations of the United States. This is stated in the commentary official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, posted Wednesday on the website of the Russian foreign Ministry.

“Causes indignation the refusal of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, the conduct of interviews to obtain us visas team of Russia on free-style wrestling, which is to take part in the world Cup from 5 to 9 April, the city of Iowa city. Consider the US action as another clear example of hindrance to participation of Russian athletes in international competitions. For pressure on Russia in Washington has long cast aside even the principle of “O sport, you are peace.” The American authorities is also clearly not averse to eliminate the strong competitors for our athletes”, – stated in the message.

As noted by Zakharov, the non-issuance of visas to Russian athletes is a gross violation by the US of its obligations as the state conducting the international competition. “Conduct on American soil, international competition is clearly more impossible – there don’t play fair”, she added.

The Russian foreign Ministry expects that the global sports movement will draw attention to this fact. “It [is] direct and overt discrimination command of one of the participating countries”, – stated in the message.

Zakharov stressed that at the end of February the Russian depodesta was sent a note about the organization of the interviews for athletes, Federation of American visas, but the US is only now responded with a formal reply, referring to the shortage of consular personnel. “I would like to reiterate that the decision on which employees to cut in part of the introduction of parity in the number of employees of diplomatic missions of the two countries was taken last summer, in Washington,” she said.

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