Moscow warns of response as US announces closure of visa centre

02:24 PM | 24 Jun, 2024
Moscow warns of response as US announces closure of visa centre

WASHINGTON - In a major diplomatic friction, the authorities in the United States have announced to close a Russian visa centre with branches in Washington and New York.

Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov confirmed the development though interestingly, consular services would remain in operation. 

The closure of the visa centre irked Moscow with Antonov stating that every day 'attacks are made against us'.

The ambassador said the Biden administration did not give any specific reason for the move; the news has sparked fury and concerns in Moscow.

Reacting to the closure, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said Moscow will undertake relevant responsive measures.

The US and Russia have been trading barbs on multiple issues for quite a long period of time; however, the invasion of Ukraine proved to be a fresh bone of contention between the two countries.

The reason behind the closure of the visa centre would demonstrate the severity of the matter though in general such a move is considered extreme by experts.

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US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal Rate in Pakistan Today Open Market Rates - 15 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 15, 2024 (Monday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.8 for buying and 280.75 for selling. Euro's buying rate moves up to 301.25 and selling rate is 303.15.

British Pound rate is 355.15 for buying, and 358.65 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.65.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)       
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.8 280.75
Euro EUR 301.25 303.15
UK Pound Sterling GBP 355.15 358.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.65 74.37
Australian Dollar AUD 184.55 186.35
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741 749
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.75 205.75
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 309.15 311.65
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65


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