Moscow, May 13 (EFE). Russia today recommended its citizens to refrain from traveling to the United Kingdom and even trying to obtain a visa for this country.
“Taking into account Britain’s unfriendly policy towards our country and in order to avoid financial damage and other potential problems, we advise Russian citizens to refrain if possible from traveling to Britain and obtaining visas from that country,” the ministry said. statment.
Foreign Affairs noted that it has recently received numerous complaints from citizens claiming that it is “virtually impossible or extremely difficult” to obtain visas from Great Britain.
“As long as the situation is no longer normal, we will act in the same way with the British,” he added.
According to Moscow, not only tourists have difficulties in obtaining visas from the UK, but also Russians who have work contracts in that country or who want to visit their relatives.
“We have raised this unacceptable situation with the British Embassy in Moscow and demanded clear explanations about the essence of the problem,” Foreign Affairs added.
The Russian diplomat described the statements of the British side that UK consular services prioritize processing visa applications for Ukrainian refugees, delaying the examination of Russian applications, as unacceptable.
In addition, Foreign Affairs stressed, the situation is aggravated by the fact that consular fees must be paid with a credit card on a British website, which does not accept those issued by Russian banks due to Western sanctions against Russia for its “special military operation”. in Ukraine.
The UK government, led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has become one of Ukraine’s main allies in its resistance to what Russia calls a “special military operation”.
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