The US administration has decided to shutter down both offices of the Russian Visa Application Center in the United States, Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov said.

“Literally an hour ago, the Americans notified us of closing down the Visa Center,” Antonov said. “Also, the United States stripped us of tax exemption cards,” he told reporters following the Candle of Memory memorial event dedicated to the beginning of the Great Patriotic War that took place on the premises of the Russian embassy.

“But I would like to say immediately <…> we will continue to operate. We will not abandon our compatriots,” the Russian diplomat assured reporters.