Tuesday, Aug 20 2019 | Time 10:30 Hrs(IST)
image
  • Chandrayaan-2 inserted into Lunar Obit
  • Hong Kong gov't to start work immediately on building platform for dialogue: Carrie Lam
  • Former Raebareli MLA passes away
  • Trump, Khan discuss Kashmir on phone: White House
  • Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi pay tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniv
  • 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup bid draws interest
  • Macron says confident in European future of Russia after meeting with Putin
  • Johnson discusses Brexit, trade issues with Trump
  • Dengue cases in Philippines surge to more than 188,000, with over 800 deaths
  • Johnson writes to EU, tries to reopen Brexit talks
  • US may view efforts to assist Iranian tanker as material support for terror - State Dept
  • Council of Europe supports Putin's, Macron's readiness to resume normandy talks on Ukraine
  • US Democratic leaders urge Trump not to retreat on gun background checks
  • Russian-based site appeals US court dismissal of lawsuit against Facebook - Filing
World


Russian Embassy in US welcomes cancellation of recommendation to avoid traveling to Russia

Washington, Dec 11 (Sputnik) The Russian Embassy in the United States said it was satisfied with the decision of the US State Department to cancel recommendation to US citizens to avoid traveling to Russia.
Earlier, US Department of State has taken Russia off the list of countries where US visitors should "reconsider travel" to and now only recommends Americans to exercise increased caution while visiting the country, according to a newly issued travel advisory. The advisory still recommends US visitors not to travel to the North Caucasus, particularly Chechnya and Mount Elbrus, as well as Crimea.
"We note with satisfaction the State Department's decision to remove baseless recommendations for US citizens to 'reconsider travel' to Russia. Now they are called upon only to 'exercise increased caution' (as, for example, during the visits to the United Kingdom, Denmark, France or Germany). We see this as a recognition of an obvious reality," the embassy said in a statement on Facebook.
The embassy recalled that about 167,000 US citizens had visited Moscow during the World Cup earlier in the year.
"They saw in our capital and other cities something quite different Russia from that the local mainstream media draws at the mercy of Russophobic ruling circles. Old horror stories just no longer work," it added.
The embassy sees the pressure of US universities and expert circles, whose contacts with Russian colleagues became a victim of artificial bureaucratic barriers, as the main reason for the move.
“At the same time, the North Caucasus, including Mount Elbrus and Chechnya, as well as Crimea, are still 'unsafe and undesirable' for tourism, according to Washington. For our part, we will continue to advertise these Russian regions to the US citizens (we hope for their active support)," the embassy concluded, adding Visit Chechnya video promo to the post.
In 2017, the State Department placed Russia in the third out of four travel risk categories called "Reconsider Travel - Contains Areas with Higher Security Risk." Now Russia is in the second category with the first one advising US visitors to "exercise normal precaution."
SPUTNIK AVK 0902
More News
Johnson discusses Brexit, trade issues with Trump

Johnson discusses Brexit, trade issues with Trump

20 Aug 2019 | 8:06 AM

Washington, Aug 20 (UNI) US Donald Trump spoke to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and discussed a range of trade and economic issues during a phone conversation, the White House said in a statement.

see more..
Johnson writes to EU, tries to reopen Brexit talks

Johnson writes to EU, tries to reopen Brexit talks

20 Aug 2019 | 8:03 AM

London, Aug 20 (UNI) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson launched his attempt to reopen Brexit negotiations, writing to European Council President Donald Tusk seeking the removal of the Irish backstop.

see more..

No point providing land to India for Agartala airport extension: Bangladesh opposition

20 Aug 2019 | 1:10 AM

Dhaka, Aug 19 (UNI) In the backdrop of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar's first visit to Bangladesh, the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Monday said there is no reason for the country to provide its land to India in Brahmanbaria to expand Agartala airport.

see more..

No point providing land to India for Agartala airport extension: Bangladesh opposition

19 Aug 2019 | 11:41 PM

Dhaka, Aug 19 (UNI) Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Monday said there is no reason for Bangladesh to provide its land to India in Brahmanbaria to expand Agartala airport.

see more..
Wildfire rage: About 8,000 people evacuated in Spain

Wildfire rage: About 8,000 people evacuated in Spain

19 Aug 2019 | 11:00 PM

Gran Canaria, Aug 19 (UNI) About 8,000 people have been evacuated from their homes on here in Spain’s Canary Islands, where firefighters are battling a wildfire that has burned more than 3,400 hectares of land.

see more..
image