This week Russia said they do not expect improvements on issues with the United States, including the issuing of Visas and the staffing at US embassies. As tensions continue to rise, Washington and Moscow continue to disagree in negotiations over the number of diplomats as well as the lifting of sanctions that have been imposed in recent years.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Saturday that both sides are continuing to repeat their previously stated positions on several topics and hopes progress can be made as a new round of talks is expected to take place in January 2022.
"There is no progress and it seems none is expected. The Americans need to simply increase the number of their staff in Russia to restore normal consular and visa services," Ryabkov said.