Russia summons US diplomat amid visa dispute

Russia summons US diplomat amid visa dispute
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Russia on Tuesday reportedly summoned the U.S.'s ambassador in Moscow to object after it claimed that the U.S. has denied visas to members of its delegation to the United Nations General Assembly. 

Russia said that Ambassador Jon Huntsman had been summoned to its foreign ministry in response to the visa issue, according to Reuters. The wire service noted that Russian news outlets said that Huntsman's deputy went in his place.

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The Hill has reached out to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow for comment.

The news outlet had previously reported that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was expected to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump hotel cancels Christian aid group's event to support the Kurds: report Pence on Syria: 'Our troops are coming home' House calls on Russia to release Paul Whelan or else provide evidence of wrongdoing MORE in New York and would address the visa matter. 

A Kremlin spokesman has reportedly said the U.S.'s action merits a tough response from Russia and the U.N.

The reported visa denial follows Russia's denial of visas to two U.S. senators, Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyOvernight Defense: Trump's Syria envoy wasn't consulted on withdrawal | McConnell offers resolution urging Trump to rethink Syria | Diplomat says Ukraine aid was tied to political investigations Senate votes for North Macedonia to join NATO Trump's Syria envoy says he wasn't consulted on troop withdrawal MORE (D-Conn.) and Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonAmbassador Gordon Sondland arrives on Capitol Hill for testimony in impeachment inquiry GOP cautions Graham against hauling Biden before Senate Sondland could provide more clues on Ukraine controversy MORE (R-Wis.), who planned to visit the country as part of a congressional delegation.