Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Overchuk will visit the American capital, where he will meet with representatives of the American administration and businessmen. This was announced on Tuesday, October 12, by the Russian Ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, during the opening of the annual meeting of the American-Russian Business Council.
“These days Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Logvinovich Overchuk will visit the American capital,” the Russian embassy quoted Antonov as saying on Facebook.
The Deputy Prime Minister is scheduled to meet with representatives of the American administration and businessmen on bilateral trade and investment.
On October 12, US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland said that the meeting with partners at the Russian Foreign Ministry held in Moscow was constructive.
On the same day, the talks were commented on by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergei Ryabkov. According to him, no special progress has been made on the functioning of Russian diplomatic missions in the United States. In addition, a further aggravation in relations between the two countries in this context cannot be ruled out, the Deputy Minister noted.
Russian-American relations entered a new round of exacerbation after the US imposed new sanctions on the Russian Federation on April 15. On the same day, it became known about the expulsion of 10 employees of the Russian diplomatic mission in Washington. On April 16, Moscow introduced countermeasures in response.
On April 30, the US Embassy in Russia announced that it would stop issuing nonimmigrant visas and visas for non-diplomatic travel. Also, the American Embassy in Moscow announced that it would reduce the number of consular services provided from May 12 due to Moscow’s decision to ban the hiring of foreigners. In addition, the staff of the consulate will be reduced by 75%.