“Refuse was not direct, they just did not return passports.” The US refused visas to ten representatives of Russian delegation going to the UN General Assembly

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Марина ПищулинаQHA media
24 September 2019, 16:13
Марина ПищулинаQHA media
24 September 2019, 16:13

The US Embassy in Moscow did not issue visas to ten members of the Russian delegation who were to accompany Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on a trip to New York to attend the UN General Assembly.

Head of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs, Konstantin Kosachev, reported on the refusal, as cited by Kommersant publication.

According to Kosachev, visas were refused to him, his colleague from the State Duma Leonid Slutsky and eight employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, including the chief translator and the head of the General Secretariat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Butin.

“An unprecedented situation. The American side did not issue visas to several members of the Russian delegation going to the UN General Assembly. A total of ten people. Basically, representatives of the Foreign Ministry, who were supposed to fly to New York to ensure the substantive work of the Russian delegation,” he said.

Kosachev claims that visas were not refused directly, but the delegation members were not given their passports back, which are now at the embassy.

He called the situation scandalous and promised "tough steps on the line of the Foreign Ministry."

"This is another extremely destructive initiative of the American side, these relations, even on such practical subjects, are puzzling. Americans are radically violating their obligations," Kosachev said.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed that several members of the official delegation did not receive an American visa to participate in the UN General Assembly.

Earlier, QHA media reported that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky began a working visit to the United States to attend the 74th session of the UN General Assembly. During the visit, he will meet with US President Donald Trump and representatives of American business circles, deliver a speech at the general debate of the General Assembly, and take part in the Summit on Sustainable Development Goals.