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EMBASSY/CONSULATE ADDRESSES

Diplomatic Representation in US:
Ambassador: Yuri V. USHAKOV
Embassy: 2650 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007
Telephone: [1] (202) 298-5700, 5701, 5704, 5708
Fax: [1] (202) 298-5735

US Diplomatic Representation:
Ambassador: Michael McFaul
Embassy: Bolshoy Devyatinskiy Pereulok No. 8, 121099 Moscow
Mailing address: PSC-77, APO AE 09721
Telephone: [7] (095) 728-5000
Fax: (7) (095) 728-5090.
After-hours emergencies: (7) (095) 728-5000

Consular Section:
Fax: [7] (095) 728-5358
Questions On Adoption Only: (hours 12pm - 6pm only)
Telephone: [7] (095) 728-5058

Russian Embassy Visa Department
2641 Tunlaw Road., NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
Tel. (202) 939-8907; fax (202) 483-7579

Russian Mission at UN: 136 East 67th St.,
New York, NY 10021
Tel. (212) 861-4900; fax (212) 628-0252


Embassy and Consulate Web Sites for Russia in U.S.A

Russian Embassy Official Web Site in the USA
Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations
Consulate General of the Russian Federation in New York USA
Consulate General of the Russian Federation in San Francisco USA
Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Houston USA

International Embassy and Consulate Web Sites for Russia.
Embassy of the Russian Federation in Azerbaijan
Embassy of Russia in Brazil
Embassy of the Russian Federation in Japan
Embassy of the Russian Federation in Spain
Consulate General of the Russian Federation in South Africa
Embassy of Russia in the United Kingdom
United States Embassy in Moscow

RUSSIAN CONSULATE GENERAL ADDRESSES IN THE
UNITED STATES


San Francisco
2790 Green St.,
San Francisco, CA 94123.
(415) 928-6878

New York
9 E. 91st St.,
New York, NY 10128.
(212) 348-0926

Seattle
2001 6th Av., 23rd Floor,
Seattle, WA 98121.
(206) 728-1910

Houston
1333 West Loop South #1300
Houston TX 77027.
(713) 337-3300
RUSSIAN EMBASSY AND CONSULATE ADDRESSES WORLDWIDE

Select the first letter of the country for which you need information.

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Afghanistan:

Embassy: Dar-UI-Aman Wat, Kabul; tel. (93) 41541, 21261,
tx. 79983, 799204
Consulate: Kude-Bark, Mazari-Sharif. Hairaton; tel. 44809

Albania:

Pruga Azini Zeneli 5, Tirana; tel. (42) 32287, 34500,
Fax. (42) 32253

Algiers:

Chemin du Prince d'Annam, E1 Biar; tel. (2) 780139, 783134,
tx. 61561, fax. (2) 782882

Angola:

Rua H. Boumedienne 170, Caixa Postal 3141, Luanda;
tel. (2) 345028, 345038, tx. 4131

Argentina:

Rodrigues Pena 1741, 1021 Buenos Aires; tel. (1) 421552, 428039,
426223. tx. 221147, fax.(1) 8121794

Armenia:

Hotel Razdan, 72 Pionerakan Street, 375015 Yerevan tel (8852) 52 45
22, 52 44 24

Australia:

Embassy: 78 Canberra Avenue, Griffith, Canberra, ACT 2603
tel (06) 295 9033, 295 9474; fax (06) 295 1847
Consulate: 7-9 Fullerton St, Woollahra, NSW 2025 tel (02) 327 5065

Austria:

Embassy: Reisnerstrasse 45-47, A-1030 Vienna tel (1) 712 1229,
712 3233, 713 1215; fax (1) 712 3388
Consulate: B rgelsteinstrasse 2, A-5020 Salzburg tel (662) 2 41 84;
fax (662) 621 7434

Azerbaijan:

Hotel Azerbaijan, 370133 Baku tel (8922) 98-60-16,
fax (8922) 98-60-83

Belarus:

vulitsa Staravilenskaja 48, 220002 Minsk tel (0172) 34-54-97,
fax 50-36-64

Belgium:

66 Avenue de Fre, B-1180 Brussels tel (02) 374 3406, 374 6886,
374 3106; fax (2) 374 2613, 346 2453

Brazil:

Embassy: SES, Lote A, Avendia das Nacoes, Brasilia 70476;
tel. (61) 2233094, 2234094, 2235094, tx. 61-1273, fax. (61) 2267319.
Consulate: 50 Run Prof. Avezedo Marques Leblon, 22450 Rio de Janeiro;
tel. (21) 2740097, 2944945, tx. 21- 22962, fax. (21) 2944945

Bulgaria:

Blvd. Bulgaro-Savettska Druzhba 28, BG-1000 Sofia; tel. (2) 669919,
668836, 665732; fax. (2) 668849.

Cambodia:

213 Sothearos Boulevard, Phnom Penh; tel. (855-23) 22081/2,
fax. (855-23) 26776

Canada:

Embassy: 285 Charlotte Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8L5
tel (613) 235 4341, 235 5376, 236 1413; fax (613) 236 6342
Consular Section: 52 Range Road, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 8J5
tel (613) 236 6215, 236 7220; fax (613) 238 6158
Consulate: 3655 Avenue du Musee, Montreal, Quebec H3G 2E1
tel (514) 843 5901, 842-5343; fax (514) 842-2012

China:

Embassy: 4 Baizhongjie, Beijing 100600 tel (10) 532 2051, visa section
tel. 532 1267
Consulate: 20 Huangpu Lu, Shanghai 200080 tel. (21) 324 2682

Croatia:

Bosanska 44, HR-41000 Zagreb tel (1) 57 54 44, 57 54 35;
fax (1) 57 22 60

Czech Republic:

Embassy: Podkas,tany 1, Praha 6 tel (2) 38-19-43; 38-19-40,
fax 37-38-00
Consulate: ulitsa Hlinky 1462, CZ-60300 Brno tel (5) 33 44 27;
fax (5) 33 44 29
Consulate: ulitsa Petra Velikeho d. 18, CZ-36001 Karlovy Vary
tel (17) 22609; fax (17) 26261

Cuba:

5a Avenida N. 6402 entre 62 y 66, Miramar, Havana; tel. (7) 331085,
331074, 333326, 331749; tx. 511281, fax. (7) 313560

Denmark:

Kristianiagade 5, DK-2100 Copenhagen tel 313-823-70, 314 -255-85;
fax 314 -237-41, 314-202-87

Egypt:

95 Giza Street, Cairo; tel. (2) 3489353/4/5; tx. 23311; fax. (2) 3609074

Estonia:

Pikk 19, EE-0200 Tallinn tel (2) 44 30 14; fax (2) 44 37 73
Consulate: Vilde 8, EE-2020 Narva tel (235) 31367; fax (235) 240-81

Ethiopia:

P.O.Box 1500, Addis Ababa; tel. (1) 552061, tx. 21534, fax. (1) 613795

Finland:

Embassy: Tehtaankatu 1b, FIN-00140 Helsinki tel (90) 66 14 49,
66 18 76/7, 60 70 50; fax (90) 66 10 06
Consulate: Vartiovuorenkatu 2, 20700 Turku, SF tel (21) 233-64-41;
fax 231-97-79

France:

Embassy: 40-50 Boulevard Lannes, F-75116 Paris tel (1) 45 04 05 50,
45 04 71 71; fax (1) 45 04 17 65
Consulate: 8 Rue Ambrois Pare, F-13008 Marseille tel (91) 77 15 25,
fax (91) 77 34 54

Germany:

Embassy: PO Box 200908, Waldstrasse 42, D-53177 Bonn
tel (0228) 31 20 85/6/7, 31 25 29/32, 31 20 74; fax. (0228) 31 15 63
Consulate: tel (0228) 31 20 83; fax (0228) 38 45 61
Consulate Berlin: Unter den Linden 63-65, D-10117 Berlin
tel (030) 2291-420; fax (030) 2299 397
Consulate Hamburg: Am Feenteich 20, D-22085 Hamburg
tel (040) 2295 201; fax (040) 2 29 77 27
Consulate Leipzig: Kickerlingsberg 18, D-04105 Leipzig
tel (0341) 5 18 76; fax (0341) 5852 404
Consulate Munich: Seidelstrasse 8, D-80335 Munich
tel (089) 59 25 03; fax (089) 5503-828
Consulate Rostock: Tuhnenstrasse 3, D-18057 Rostock
tel (0381) 2 26 42; fax (0381) 2 27 43

Greece:

Paleo Psikhiko, 28 Nikiforou Litra Street, GR-15452 Athens
tel (1) 672 5235, 672 6130, 671 4504; fax. (1) 647 9708

Hungary:

Bajza utea 35, H-1062 Budapest V1 (tel (1) 132 0911, 112-1013;
fax (1) 252 5077

India:

Shanti Path, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021;
tel. (11) 6873799, 6873800/2, tx. 31-82016, fax. (11) 6876823

Indonesia:

13 Jalan M.H.Thamrin, Jakarta Pusal; tel (21) 322162, 321477, 327007,
tx. 7346056

Iraq:

Al Mouthanabbi 605/5/4, Baghdad; tel. (1) 5414749, 5414754, 5418913,
tx. 212409, 212245

Iran:

Embassy: 39 Neauphle-le-Chateau, Tehran; tel (21) 671161/3, 671676,
tx. 212374
Consulate: Chaharbagh Avenue, Telephokhaneh Street, Isfahan;
tel. (31) 22060

Ireland:

186 Orwell Rd, Rathgar, Dublin tel (01) 492-3525, 492-2048;
fax (01) 492-3525

Israel:

120 Rehov Hayarkon, Tel Aviv 63573 tel (03) 522 6744, 522 6733/6;
fax (03) 522 6713

Italy:

Via Gaeta 5, I-00186 Rome tel (06) 494 1680/1, 494 1649;
fax (06) 49 10 31
Consulate: Via St.Aquilino 3, I-20148 Milan tel (02) 48 70 59 12,
48 70 60 41

Japan:

Embassy: 2-1-1 Azabudai, 2-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106
tel (3) 3583 5982, 3858-4297; fax (3) 3505-0593;
Consulate: tel (3) 3586-0707; fax (3) 3505 0593
Consulate Osaka-Fu: Toyonaka-Shi, Nishimidorigaoka 1-2-2, Osaka-Fu
tel (6) 848 3452; fax (6) 848 3453
Consulate Sapporo: 826 Nishi, 12-chome, Minami 14 Jo, Chuo-ku,
Sapporo 064 tel (11) 561 3171/2; fax. (11) 561 8897

Kazakhstan:

ulitsa Dzhandosova 4, Almaty tel (3272) 44-83-23;
visa enquiries: 44-66-44

Kenya:

P.O.Box 30049, Lenana Road, Nairobi; tel. (2) 722462, tx. 25261

Kyrgyzstan:

ulitsa Pervomayskaya 17, Bishkek tel (3312) 22 16 91;
fax (3312) 22 18 23, 22-17-10

Latvia:

Paeglesiela 2, LV-1397 Riga tel (22) 33 21 51, 22 06 93; fax (2) 21 25 79

Libya:

10 Mustafa Kamel Street, Tripoli; tel. (21) 30545, 30546, tx. 22029

Lithuania:

Juozapavic\viausgatve\11, LT-2000 Vilnius tel (22) 35 17 63;
fax (22) 35 38 77

Macedonia:

Leninova 67, FYROM-91000 Skopje; tel. (91) 117160, fax. (91) 117808

Malaysia:

263 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur; tel. (3) 4567252, 4560009;
tx. 8426073; fax. (3) 4576097, 4576091

Mexico:

Jose Vasconcelos 204, Mexico-City 06170; tel. (5) 2731303, 5160870,
5156155, 5156055; tx. 1777570; fax. (5) 2731545

Morocco:

4-ente km., Route des Taers, Rabat; tel. (7) 753509, 753609, 753537,
753581, tx. 31602

Moldova:

277019 Chisinau, bul. Stefan del Mare, 151, tel /fax (22) 23-26-00

Mongolia:

Friendship Street A 6, Ulan Bator tel (1) 7 28 51, 2 68 36, 2 75 06

Mozambique:

Carsa Postal 4666, Maputo; tel. (1) 420091, 420092, tx. 6-635

Namibia:

100 San Jonker Street, Windhoek; tel. (61) 228672; tx. 865;
fax. (61) 229061

Nepal:

P.O.Box 123, Kathmandu; tel. (1) 412155, 411063; tx. 2571;
fax. (1) 416571

Netherlands:

Andries Bickerweg 2, NL-2517 JP The Hague tel (070) 345 13 00/1,
346 88 88, 34 10 75 06; fax (070) 361 7960; Consulate: tel (070) 346 7940

New Zealand:

57 Messines Rd, Wellington tel (04) 476 6113; fax (04) 476 3843

Nicaragua:

Apartado Postal 249, Las Colinas, Calle Vista Alegre 214, Managua;
tel. (2) 799544, 799838, 760131, tx. 2436, fax. (2) 760179

Nigeria:

P.O.Box 2723, 5 Eleke Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos; tel. (1) 2610768,
2610799, 2612267, tx. 22905, fax. (1) 2615022

North Korea:

Choson Minjujuii inmin, Chuji Soryong Tesagwan, Conghwaguck,
Pyongyang tel (02) 81 31 01, 81 31 02

Norway:

Drammensveen 74, 0271 Oslo tel (22) 55 32 78/9; fax (22) 55 00 70

Pakistan:

Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 4, Islamabad; tel. (51) 824603, 824161,
826179, 214603/6; tx. 54241

Peru:

Avenida Salaverry 3424, San Isidro, Lima; tel. (1) 4611775, 4611735,
tx. 3625608; fax (1) 4617326

Philippines:

1245 Acacin Road, Dasmarinas Village, Metro Manila; tel. (2) 850190,
8109614; 8107840, 8175406; tx. 7663709, fax. (2) 8109614

Poland:

Embassy: ulitsa Belwederska 49, PL-00-761 Warsaw tel (22) 21 34 53, 21 59 54,
21 55 71; fax (2) 625 3016;
Consulate: ulitsa Batorego 15, PL-80-251 Gdansk-Wrzeszcz
tel. (58) 41 42 00, 41 96 39
Consulate Kracow: ulitsa Westerplatte 11, PL-31-033 Kracow
tel (12) 22 26 47, 22 92 33, 22 83 88
Consulate Poznan: ulitsa Dukowska 53 A, Pl-60-567 Poznan
tel (61) 41 75 23, 41 77 40
Consulate Szezecin: ulitsa P.Skargi 14, PL-71-422 Szezecin
tel (91) 22 22 45, 22 48 77, 22 21 19, 22 03 33

Portugal:

Rua Visconde de Santarem 59, P-1000 Lisbon tel (01) 8462424,
8462524, 8462623; fax (01) 8463008

Romania:

Embassy: Sioseaua Kiseleff 6, Bucharest tel (1) 617 0120/8/9, 617 23 22,
617 0129; fax (1) 617 7659, 312 8405
Consulate: Str Mihai Viteazul 5, Constantina tel (41) 61 51 68, 61 11 06

Saudi Arabia:

Al-Wasati Street, Rahmania Building 13, Riyadh; tel. (1) 4811875,
4811801; fax. (1) 4811809

Singapore:

51 Nassim Road, Singapore 1025; tel. 2351834, 2531832, 7370048;
tx. 23404, fax. 7334780

Slovakia:

Godrova 4, SK-81106 Bratislava tel (7) 31 34 68; fax (7) 33 49 10

Slovenia:

Cesta II.st. 7, SLO-61000 Ljubljana tel (61) 26 11 89; fax (61) 125 4141

South Africa:

P.O.Box 6743 Pretoria 0001, Butano Building, 316 Brooks Street, Menlo
Park 0081; tel (12) 43 27 31/2; fax (12) 43 28 42
Consular Section: 135 Bourke Street, Sunnyside 0002 tel (12)344 4820,
344 4812; fax (12) 343 8636
Consulate: 8 Riebeeck Street, Cape Town 8001 tel (21) 418 3656/7,       419 2651; fax (21) 419 2651

South Korea:

10001-13/14/15 Dacchi-Dng, Kangnam-Ku, Seoul tel (2) 554 9674,
555 8051; fax (2) 558 5608, 563 3589

Spain:

Embassy: Velazquez 155, E-28002 Madrid tel (91) 411 0807, 562 2264;
fax (91) 562 9712
Consulate: Avenida Pearson 40-42, E-08034 Barcelona tel (93) 204 0246;
fax (93) 280 5541

Sri Lanka:

62, Sir Ernest de Silva Mawatha, Colombo; tel. (1) 573555, 573657;
tx. 22751

Sudan:

P.O.Box 1161, Khartoum; tel. (11) 41315, 40870, tx. 24017

Sweden:

Gjoerwellsgatan 31, S-11260 Stockholm tel. (08) 13 04 41/2/0, 53 37 32;
fax (08) 618 2703

Switzerland:

Embassy: Brunnadernrain 37, CH-3006 Bern tel. (031) 352 05 66,
352 64 65; fax (031) 352 55 95
Consulate: Brunnadernrain 53, CH-30006 Bern tel (031) 352 05 67,
352 64 25; fax (031) 352 64 60
Consulate Geneva: 24 Rue Jean Schaub CH-1202 Geneva
tel. (022) 734 79 55, 734 90 83

Syria:

Omar Ben Al Kfttab Street, Adauwi, Damascus; tel. (11) 4423155,
4423156, 4423143; tx. 241674

Tanzania:

P.O.Box 1905, Plot N. 73, Kenyatta Drive, Dar Es Salaam;
tel. (51) 66005; tx. 41747; fax. (51) 66818

Thailand:

108 Sathorn Nua Road, Bangkok; tel. (2) 2349824, 2355599, 2343939,
tx. 21946; fax. (2) 2378488

Tunisia:

31 Rue du ler Juin, Tunis; tel. (1) 280333, 798729, 282360, tx. 15465;
fax. (1)767048

Turkey:

Karyagdi Sok 5, Cankaya TR-06692 Ankara tel. (312) 440 8217,
439 2122/3; fax (312) 438 3952

Turkmenistan:

11 Turkmenbashy Shaely, 744004 Ashkhabad tel. (3632) 25 39 57,
29 84 66; fax (3632) 29 84 66

Ukraine:

vulitsya Kutuzova 8, UKR-252000 Kiev tel. (044) 294 79 36;
fax (044) 292 66 31

United Arab Emirates:

P.O.Box 8211, Abu Dhabi; tel. (2) 721797, 723516, 788731; tx. 24464;
fax. (2) 788731

United Kingdom:

13 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QX (tel (0171) 229 3628/9;
fax (0171) 727 8624/5, 299 5804)
Consular Section: 5 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QS
tel (0171) 229 8027 visa message; (0891) 171271; fax (0171) 229 3215
Consulate: 9 Coates Crescent, Edinburgh E 113 7RL tel (0131) 225 7098;
fax (0131) 225 9587

USA:

Embassy: 2650 Wisconsin Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007
tel. (202) 298-5700, 298-5772; fax (202) 298-5749
Visa Department 1825 Phelps Place N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008
tel. (202) 939-8907; fax (202) 939-8909
Consulate San Francisco: 2790 Green Street, San Francisco,
CA 94123-4609; tel. (415) 928 6878; fax (415) 929 0306
Consulate Seattle: 2323 Westin Building, 2001 Sixth Avenue, Seattle,
WA 98121-2617; tel. (206) 728-1910; fax (206) 728-1871
Consulate New York: 9 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128
tel. (212) 348 0926; 348 0955; fax (212) 831 9162
Russian Mission at UN: 136 East 67th St., New York, NY 10021
tel. (212) 861-4900; fax (212) 628-0252
Fax-Back Service tel. (1-800) 634-4296

Uzbekistan:

ulitsa Nukusskaya (formerly ulitsa Poltoratskaya) 83, 750015 Tashkent
tel. (3712) 54 36 41; 55 92 18, 55 91 57; fax (3712) 55 87 74

Venezuela:

Quinta 'Soyuz' Calle Las Lomas, Caracas; tel. (2) 7522264, 7525912,
tx. 3127795; fax. (2) 7519986

Vietnam:

58 Tran Phu, Hanoi tel (4) 254 631/2; fax (4) 25 61 77

Yugoslavia:

Deligradska 32, YU-11000 Belgrade tel (11) 65 67 24, 64 53 45

Zaire:

Boite Postale 1143, Kinshasa; tel. (12) 33157, 21334, tx. 21690

Zimbabwe:

P.O.Box 4250, 70 Fifth avenue, Harare; tel. (4) 720358, 720359,
fax. (4) 700534


FOREIGN RELATIONS

U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS

The United States seeks a relationship with Russia based on cooperation in the pursuit of mutual interests and a frank and open discussion of disagreements based on mutual respect as the two countries seek to address the shared challenges of the 21st century.

Russia matters for the defense and promotion of U.S. national interests in a way matched by few other countries in the world. Russia is the world’s largest country by landmass and is a key geopolitical player in the East Asia-Pacific region, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Europe. Russia and the U.S. collectively control over 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons, and Russia is the world’s largest producer of hydrocarbons. It is a permanent member of the UN Security Council, a member of the G8 and G20, and a key player in the Quartet on Middle East peace, the P5+1 talks on Iran, and the Six-Party talks on North Korea.

On such critical issues as preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, combating terrorism, countering narcotics, addressing the effects of climate change, increasing trade and investment to enhance economic prosperity, and managing global financial markets, the United States is better positioned to advance our national interests if we can work with Russia in the spirit of cooperation. Russia’s long-term prosperity, modernity, integration into the global economy, and political liberalization are all in the interest of the United States.

The New START Treaty was signed on April 8, 2010, and entered into force on February 5, 2011, and demonstrates U.S. and Russian leadership in reducing the number of nuclear weapons in the world. New START reduces the limits on the number of U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear arms by a third and restores important verification and inspection measures. On April 13, 2010, the two countries also signed a Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement, which will enable the disposal of 34 tons of weapons-grade plutonium on each side, or enough for about 17,000 nuclear weapons. On January 11, 2011, the U.S. and Russia concluded an agreement on civilian nuclear cooperation, establishing a legal basis for cooperation and expanding opportunities for U.S. companies in Russia.

In terms of stabilizing Afghanistan, Russia has been a critical partner. Thanks to Russia’s agreement to allow the transit of U.S. personnel and equipment across Russian territory in support of the ISAF mission, as of June 2012, more than 2,374 flights and over 404,000 military personnel have transited this corridor, while Russia’s ground transit arrangement with NATO has resulted in the shipment of over 50,000 containers of supplies to Afghanistan.

We are working together to prevent Iran and North Korea from pursuing nuclear weapons programs. Together with Russia, we crafted United Nations Security Council Resolution 1929, which introduced the most comprehensive set of multilateral sanctions to date on Iran. In 2010 Russia canceled the planned sale of an advanced air-defense system (the S-300) to Iran, further advancing our non-proliferation aims. The U.S. also worked closely with Russia to pass United Nations Security Council Resolution 1874, which strengthens financial and arms embargoes on North Korea.

The United States and Russia are increasing people-to-people connections through education, culture, sports, media, and other professional interactions. The objective of these efforts is to promote the mutual understanding required to build lasting ties between our two peoples. In the field of cultural and public diplomacy, the “American Seasons” program in Russia has brought a wide spectrum of cultural offerings to the Russian public. In 2012, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra completed its first tour to Russia in more than two decades. Also in 2012, U.S. audiences applauded the return of the Bolshoi Ballet to the Kennedy Center and enjoyed the Mariinsky Ballet’s performances of “Cinderella”. The “Russian Seasons” cultural program in America included the bicentennial celebration of the founding of the Russian settlement at Fort Ross, California. Bilateral agreements have also been concluded on cooperation in intercountry adoptions as well as liberalization of practices governing entry visas. The bilateral Agreement Regarding Cooperation in Adoption of Children which was signed in 2011 by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov provides better safeguards for adoptive children taking into account the interests and obligations of the adoptive parents. In September 2012, a historic U.S.-Russia visa agreement entered into effect, making Russian and American travelers for business or tourism eligible to receive visas valid for multiple entries during a period of 36 months.

The United States and Russia do not see eye to eye on all issues, but our relationship accommodates frank discussion of disagreements in a spirit of mutual respect with the aim of managing our differences. Where we have differences – on Georgia, Syria, human rights, etc., – we will address them openly and honestly, and will stand by our principles. Pursuing cooperation where it is in our mutual interest enables a more substantial, less polemical dialogue on the hard issues. Our full bilateral agenda for 2013 features deepening economic ties with Russia, the newest member of the WTO; making progress where we can on missile defense; and expanding the work of the Bilateral Presidential Commission.

Bilateral Presidential Commission

In April 2009, Presidents Obama and Medvedev agreed to the formation of the Bilateral Presidential Commission (BPC). The Bilateral Presidential Commission is the premier forum for cooperation between the United States and Russia, and provides a framework for dialogue and the identification of new opportunities based on our shared interests.

The Bilateral Presidential Commission’s 21 working groups continue to produce concrete, substantive results that impact not only our governments but also regular people living in both our countries. Its ongoing expansion – including recently-added working groups on innovation, rule of law and military technical cooperation – and new initiatives demonstrate that our vast bureaucracies are learning the habits and recognizing the benefits of continuing cooperation in between presidential and other high-level meetings.

The BPC continues to function as the vehicle that provides regular attention to our biggest mutual policy objectives via a transparent and structured mechanism. It brings together over 40 U.S. and Russian agencies, as well as numerous NGOs and businesses.

The BPC’s principal objectives include the strengthening of strategic stability, international security, economic well-being, and the development of ties between Russians and Americans. Its core principles include a focus on common interests, a two-way partnership and exchange, a frank dialogue respectful of differences, and the completion of tangible results.

The BPC aims to institutionalize the government-to-government and people-to-people aspects of the bilateral relationship. Increased participation by the non-government sphere – involving private enterprise, NGOs, and other elements of civil society in both countries – is and will remain an important goal of the Commission.

More information can be found at: http://www.state.gov/p/eur/ci/rs/usrussiabilat/index.htm.

Bilateral Economic Relations

The United States is working vigorously to expand bilateral trade and investment cooperation to benefit both Russia and the United States. Over the past three years, the positive atmosphere resulting from the “reset” of bilateral relations has led to an unprecedented advance in economic cooperation between our countries. From 2009 to 2011, U.S. exports to Russia rose 57 percent and total U.S.-Russia trade increased over 80 percent. U.S. companies reported numerous major business deals in Russia in 2012, including the ExxonMobil-Rosneft deal in May for exploration in the Arctic shelf, Boeing’s $15 billion in aircraft sales in Russia over the past five years, and Ex-Im Bank’s June MOU signing with Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, to support up to $1 billion in exports to Russia.

In December 2011, culminating 18 years of hard work and dedication, Russia was invited to join the World Trade Organization (WTO), a major accomplishment that will bring the world’s largest economy outside the WTO into the organization and bind it to a set of rules governing trade, as well as a dispute-resolution mechanism to enforce those rules. To ensure that U.S. companies and workers can take full advantage of Russia’s WTO membership, Congress enacted legislation to extend permanent normal trade relations to Russia.

Our governments are also engaged in a wide range of joint efforts under the Bilateral Presidential Commission in the areas of trade, investment, multilateral economic cooperation, commercial engagement, and innovation that will benefit the people of both countries

Russian Membership in International Organizations

Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russia took steps to become a full partner in the world's principal political groupings. In December 1991, Russia assumed the permanent UN Security Council seat formerly held by the Soviet Union. Over the years, Russia has increased its international profile and played a growing role in regional issues. Russia and the United States both belong to a number of other international organizations and groupings, including the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Middle East Quartet, P5+1 on Iran, Six-Party Talks on North Korea, G-8, and G-20.

In 1994 Russia joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Partnership for Peace initiative. In 1997 the NATO-Russia Founding Act established formal relations between the NATO and Russia, and in 2002 the NATO-Russia Council was created.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Russia is Michael McFaul; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

The Russian Federation maintains an embassy at 2650 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20007 (tel. 202-298-5700) and a consular section at 2641 Tunlaw Road, Washington, DC (tel. 202-939-8907/8913/8918). Russian consulates also are located in Houston, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.

More information about Russia is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Russia Page
Department of State Key Officers List
Department of State Country Specific Information
CIA World Factbook Russia Page
U.S. Embassy: Russia
History of U.S. Relations With Russia
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
Export.gov International Offices Page
Country Studies
Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State
Travel and Business Information




TRAVEL ADVISORIES

To obtain the latest Travel Advisory Information for Russia check the U.S. State Department Consular Information Sheet.


TRAVEL TIPS

Driving International Driving Permit in Russian is required used in conjuction with National Driving Permit
Currency (RUR) Russian Ruble
Electrical 220 Volts
Telephones Country Code 7, Moscow 095+7D, Kaliningrad Region 011+7D



Money
NOTE: Currency regulations and exchange rates will vary depending on the nature and size of the transaction: the details given in this section generally apply only for small transactions by individuals, with the exchange rate an average of the buying and the selling prices. For more detailed information consult your bank.

Currency: Rouble (Rub) = 100 kopeks. Notes are in denominations of Rub 1000, 500, 100, 50 10 and 5.

Currency exchange: Foreign currency should only be exchanged at official bureaux and all transactions must be recorded on the currency declaration form which is issued on arrival. It is wise to retain all exchange receipts. Bureaux de change are numerous and easy to locate. Large shops offer their own exchange facilities.

Credit cards: Major European and international credit cards, including American Express, Visa and Diners Club, are accepted in the larger hotels and at foreign currency shops and restaurants.

Eurocheques up to Rub300 can be cashed in banks.

Travellers cheques are preferable to cash, but visitors to Moscow would be wise to take some hard currency for purchases.

Currency restrictions: The import and export of local currency is prohibited. All remaining local currency must be reconverted at the point of departure. The import of foreign currency is unlimited, subject to declaration. The export of foreign currency is limited to the amount declared on arrival.

Banking hours: 0930-1730 Monday to Friday.

Duty Free

Duty-free regulations within the CIS are liable to change at short notice. The following should be used as a guide only, and travellers are advised to contact the Embassy or Consulate for up-to-date information. Goods that may be imported into the Russian Federation by persons over 16 years of age without incurring customs duty:

200 cigarettes or 100 cigars or cigarillos or 250g of tobacco; 1 litre of spirits; 2 litres of still wine and 2 litres of sparkling wine; a reasonable quantity of perfume for personal use; gifts up to a value of Rub1000.

Note: On entering the country, tourists must complete a customs declaration form which must be retained until departure. This allows the import of articles intended for personal use, including currency and valuables which must be registered on the declaration form. Cameras, jewellery, computers and musical instruments should all be declared. Customs inspection can be long and detailed. It is advisable when shopping to ask for a certificate from the shop which states that goods have been paid for in hard currency. Presentation of such certificates should speed up customs formalities.

Prohibited imports: Military weapons and ammunition, narcotics and drug paraphernalia, pornography, loose pearls, fruit and vegetables and live animals. If you have any query regarding items that may be imported, an information sheet is available on request from Intourist.

Prohibited exports: As prohibited imports, as well as annulled securities, state loan certificates, lottery tickets, works of art and antiques (unless permission has been granted by the Ministry of Culture), saiga horns, Siberian stag, punctuate and red deer antlers (unless on organised hunting trip), and punctuate deer skins.

Public Holidays
Jan 1 ’97 New Year. Jan 7 Russian Christmas. Mar 8 International Women’s Day. Apr 15 Russian Orthodox Easter. May 1-2 Spring and Labour Day. May 9 Victory in Europe Day. Jun 12 Russian Independence Day. Aug 22 National Flag Day. Nov 7 Constitution Day.


CUSTOMS/DUTIES

Tobacco....1000 cigarettes or 1kg of tobacc

Liquor.....1.5 litres of spirits; 2 litres of wine

Gifts......up to the value of us$1000 weighing no more than 50kg

Cameras....2 still cameras

Currency...must be declared on arrival

Agriculture items....refer to consulate

NOTE: On entering the country, tourists must complete a customs declaration form which must be retained until departure. This allows the import of articles intended for personal use, including currency and valuables which must be registered on the declaration form. Cameras, jewellery, computers and musical instruments should all be declared. Customs inspection can be long and detailed. It is advisable when shopping to ask for a certificate from the shop which states that goods have been paid for in hard currency. Presentation of such certificates should speed up customs formalities.

PROHIBITED IMPORTS: Photographs and printed matter directed against the Russian Federation, weapons and ammunition, narcotics, fruit and vegetables.

PROHIBITED EXPORTS:
Lottery tickets, electrical appliances, arms, some computer hardware, more than 1.5 litres of vodka, carpets, works of art and antiques (unless permission has been granted by the Ministry of Culture), precious metals and furs.

NOTE: Up to 280g of caviar per person may be exported, provided a receipt is shown proving that it was bought at a store licensed to sell it to foreigners.



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