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 PompeoOvernight Defense: House Democrats unveil stopgap spending measure to GOP opposition | Bill includes .6B for new subs | Trump issues Iran sanctions after world shrugs at US action at UN Navalny calls on Russia to return clothes he was wearing when he fell ill US issues Iran sanctions to enforce UN action ignored by international community 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 MurphyDemocratic senator calls for 'more flexible' medical supply chain to counter pandemics The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Don't expect a government check anytime soon GOP chairman to release interim report on Biden probe 'in about a week' MORE (D-Conn.) and Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonThis week: Supreme Court fight over Ginsburg's seat upends Congress's agenda GOP set to release controversial Biden report Democrats fear Russia interference could spoil bid to retake Senate MORE (R-Wis.), who planned to visit the country as part of a congressional delegation.