Russia accuses U.S. of trying to disrupt team's preparation

Updated: July 11, 2007, 1:46 PM ET
Associated Press

MOSCOW -- Russia's Fed Cup captain was still waiting Wednesday for a visa to travel to this weekend's semifinals in the United States, and the Foreign Ministry isn't happy about the delay.

In a sharply worded statement posted on its Web site, Russia's Foreign Ministry said it had repeatedly raised the issue of captain Shamil Tarpishchev's visa with U.S. Embassy officials in Moscow, asking that it be issued "without further bureaucratic procrastination."

"We are aware of the explanations ...

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