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 PompeoSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Conservative group hits White House with billboard ads: 'What is Trump hiding?' Pompeo: 'No mistake' Trump warned Russian diplomat about election tampering 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 MurphyMcConnell: I doubt any GOP senator will vote to impeach Trump Overnight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — House passes sweeping Pelosi bill to lower drug prices | Senate confirms Trump FDA pick | Trump officials approve Medicaid work requirements in South Carolina Senate confirms Trump's nominee to lead FDA MORE (D-Conn.) and Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonHillicon Valley: Twitter to start verifying 2020 primary candidates | FTC reportedly weighs injunction over Facebook apps | Bill would give DHS cyber unit subpoena powers | FCC moves to designate 988 as suicide-prevention hotline Senate Republicans air complaints to Trump administration on trade deal Senate bill would give DHS cyber agency subpoena powers MORE (R-Wis.), who planned to visit the country as part of a congressional delegation.