“I can assure you that Russian diplomatic missions in the United States continue to complete visa processing in full, despite the difficult staffing situation due to the ongoing visa war through no fault of ours,” he said during the opening of the annual meeting of the US-Russia Business Council.

Earlier, members of the US House of Representatives Rules Committee approved an amendment to the defense budget for the next fiscal year, which recommends the country's administration to consider the possibility of sanctions against 35 Russian businessmen, journalists and politicians.

Antonov, in turn, called on American congressmen to abandon destructive approaches towards Russia.

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