The suspension of the issuance of international passports by the consular department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation for a period of 10 years is due to technical work. This is reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.

Recall that from August 26, the embassies of the Russian Federation temporarily suspended the acceptance of applications for the issuance of biometric foreign passports valid for 10 years. At the same time, the acceptance of applications and the issuance of old-style international passports with a validity period of 5 years continues.

Zakharova stressed that this is “an exclusively temporary measure.” According to her, details can be found on the website of the consular department of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Earlier it was reported that France and Germany intend to urge the European Union not to ban the issuance of visas to Russians who are not associated with the country's government.

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