The British side is more than six months, delaying the issuance of visas to the Russian diplomats, that disrupts the work of the diplomatic mission, and reduces the composition, said press Secretary of the Russian Embassy in the UK, noting that such a policy cannot but cause concern.
before Tuesday, the Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko in his own microblog on Twitter wrote that the UK authorities to force Russian diplomats using visa bureaucratic stratagems, thereby reducing Embassy staff ".
The press Secretary explained that " the trick is that According to the Memorandum of understanding between the 2 countries on the issuance of visas to their citizens dated 6 April 1989, the parties are obliged to issue visas for the replacement of employees of the diplomatic mission during the month ".
"If for any reason the diplomat is not satisfied with the hosting party, she offered to withdraw his candidacy and propose new directions to the workplace. The British side began to tighten the issuance of more than six months without any explanation. Happens for a visa takes almost a year. In these conditions, the majority of Workers leave without replacement. This not only disrupts the work of the diplomatic mission, but also reduces its composition, " said the spokesman.
According to the press Secretary, " we have many times drawn attention of the British side, but our calls were ignored "." in recent times, the UK policy in this area has been tightened, which can not but cause concern, " noted the diplomat.
"of course, we realize that behind this low level of our political relations, the development of which Britain today, apparently, not interested", he said.
The press Secretary said that This is because "the political leadership of great Britain, focusing on its official statements, considers the Russian Federation a major threat for the state and puts us in line with" Islamic States "." So, by and large, is not about " tricks ", but the long-term policy, " he said.
Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Ukraine. Before the US and EU has imposed punishment on a number of Russian Residents, they are prohibited from entering the EU because of their positions on Crimea and Ukraine. Over the past year the sanctions list, many times replenished with new individuals and legal entities. Summer 2014 was added and sectoral economic penalties.
in response, Russia restricted imports of food items from States that have entered against her punishment: USA, EU, Canada, Australia and Norway.