Comment by the Information and Press Department on the denial of US visas to Bolshoi Theatre artists

Saturday, 21 April 2018 06:06

Two days ago, we pointed out that the problem with US visas created by the US authorities is hindering the maintenance of business, cultural, sports and even family ties. The latest example is the denial of visas to Bolshoi Theatre artists, which has prevented Bolshoi prima ballerina Olga Smirnova and soloist ballet dancer Jacopo Tissi from performing in New York.

Nothing like this happened even during the Cold War. On the contrary, the arts, including ballet, always helped people to learn more about one another, promoted mutual understanding, melted the ice of mistrust and eased interstate tension. Guest performances by Russian artists, including from the Bolshoi Theatre, which is considered a Russian trademark, have always evoked a warm welcome from the US public.

But today influential US forces do not stop at anything to put more pressure on Russia. Exhibition exchanges have been curtailed over the past few years because of US actions, and now they seek to disrupt one more connection between our nations. Moreover, they want to erect a visa wall between Americans and Russians, as we have said, making Russians’ visits to the United States virtually impossible.

We deeply regret such a policy coming from Washington. The Americans will hardly be grateful to Washington for depriving them of the possibility to enjoy Russian cultural masterpieces as well as to get together with their friends.

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