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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

u.s. visa procedures hit again

The U.S. Embassy's handling of visa applications, which a recent Moscow newspaper story said was rude, came under criticism again Tuesday -- this time from the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Spokesman Grigory Karasin told reporters at a weekly news briefing that the ministry has complained to the embassy about the "inadmissable" treatment of some Russian officials.

Some Russians with diplomatic passports and Foreign Ministry authorization had to have interviews at the U.S. Embassy and provide proof they did not intend to stay in the United States permanently, Karasin said.

He said Russia understands that the U.S. Embassy in Moscow has been overworked since the end of the Cold War opened up new travel opportunities between the two countries. The Russian Embassy in Washington faces similar problems, Karasin said.

"But some things cannot be attributed to oversight because they run counter to accepted consular practices," he said.