U.S accuses Russia of denying visas for teachers at a school for diplomats’ children in Moscow

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The United State has accused Russia of denying visas for teachers at a school for diplomats’ children in Moscow, in the latest fray in relations between the countries.

The Anglo-American School is a combined venture of the U.S., British and Canadian embassies, with about 1,100 students from dozens of countries, including Russia.

The school’s St Petersburg affiliate was forced to close in 2018 amid a diplomatic spat over the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, and his daughter, Yulia in England.

U.S. Ambassador, Jon Huntsman, in a statement said facing the possibility of reduced staff, the Moscow school may need to consider possible disenrollment of some new and returning students.

U.S.-Russian relations plummeted to their lowest point since the Cold War five years ago when Russia annexed neighboring Ukraine’s Crimea region as Ukraine embarked on strengthening its integration with the West.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry accused the United State of starting the dispute over the diplomatic teaching staff in Moscow by not issuing visas to analogous staff at Russian diplomatic institutions in the U.S.

Such Moscow school staff are embassy employees with diplomatic passports, even though the school works as a commercial enterprise, the Foreign Ministry said.