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Russia accuses the US of denying the visa to several members of the UN delegation

September 24, 2019


The Russian Government has accused the United States authorities of denying visas to “several” members of the delegation that Russia planned to send to the UN General Assembly, which would mean a breach of the commitments made by the US country.

“It is an example of the intolerable disrespect for the UN member states and a failure to comply with the obligations of the host country,” said on Tuesday the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zajarova, according to the TASS agency.

The president of the Foreign Commission of the Russian Senate, Konstantin Kosachev, has said he is among those affected, along with several other senators. The group planned to fly to New York on Tuesday, but has not received the necessary permits. “It is something intolerable that cannot be explained or justified,” said the Russian senator.

The 1947 agreements for the construction of the United Nations headquarters in New York state that the United States allows access by foreign diplomats and dignitaries with hardly any restrictions. Washington, however, argues that it has the power to deny visas for security and foreign policy reasons.