london - The Russian Embassy in London has had to scale back the occupation. According to Russian Ambassador Aleksandr Jakovenko it is difficult to replace employees, because the British authorities take considerable time in providing visas.
Dozens of employees were for months waiting for the green light from the British authorities to travel to the country. ' Employees can not be replaced because the visas are not issued, '' the ambassador complained, fearing that his staff will soon shrink yet further.
The British authorities are aware of no harm. ' It is not a policy to delay the granting of visas for Russian diplomats, '' said a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The relationship between the countries has long been tense. Moscow and London flew together earlier in the hairs on Syria, Ukraine and the murder of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London.