The Wisconsin Republican says its rejected, a charge the Russians denied, saying he did not apply for a visa "but presented everything as if he had been refused after applying."
Johnson called it a "petty affront" but vowed to "continue to advocate a strong and feisty response to Russian aggression ̵
The Russian Ministry Johnson is on an official list, he said he was not applying for a visa "but presented everythin
RIA-Novosti quoted the Russian MFA's Information and Press Department as calling Johnson's claim of visa rejection "information manipulation."
The MFA told RIA-Novosti that Johnson was on a "stop list" in response to measures by Washington. RIA-Novosti described Johnson as supporting "anti-Russian" legislation.
"Johnson's groundless accusations against Russia leave no doubts – he is not ready for a dialogue, but a confrontation," the embassy's statement on Twitter continued.
The US State Department spokesperson told CNN in a statement they are aware of Johnson's statement.
"As senator Johnson said, he had hoped to work with Ambassador Huntsman and Russian parliamentarians to set the stage for better future relations between our countries." These people-to-people relationships are the key to building cooperation and discovering common ground, "the spokesperson said."