Nebenzia addressed the UN Secretary General on the issue of visas for the Russian delegation

Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Vasily Nebenzya sent a letter to the Secretary General of the organization António Guterres urging the US to discuss with the United States the issue of issuing visas for the Russian delegation to the UN General Assembly in September. The appeal is at the disposal of TASS.
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The UNGA High-Level Week will be held on September 20-26 and involves face-to-face participation. The Russian delegation is headed by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

As Nebenzia noted in a letter, as of September 1, none of the 56 members of the Russian delegation received a visa to the United States.

“In this regard, we would ask you to re-emphasize to the US authorities that they must issue the requested visas as soon as possible for all Russian delegates and accompanying persons, including Russian journalists, who will be in New York to cover the Minister’s visit,” says in the letter.

According to the text of the appeal, Washington over the past few months has consistently refused to issue visas to Russian representatives traveling to the UN.

“Among the latest examples of this kind is the canceled visit of the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation Vladimir Kolokoltsev,” Nebenzya recalled.

Earlier, on September 1, Vasily Nebenzya said that the United States did not issue a visa to Kolokoltsev to participate in a meeting of the heads of UN police services.

On August 17, the Russian embassy in the United States applied to the State Department with a request to issue visas to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and other members of the delegation to attend UN events.

On the same day, Grigory Karasin, chairman of the Federation Council committee on international affairs, said that in the current situation, the failure of the United States to issue visas to Russian representatives for the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, which will begin on September 20, will not be a special surprise for Moscow.

Lavrov, answering a question from Izvestia on August 5, said that Russia could not be represented at the UN General Assembly. He stressed that Western countries “are not allowed to decide this.” The diplomat clarified that the United States, as the host country of the headquarters, has legal obligations to all UN members to provide everyone with the opportunity to participate normally in the work of any bodies of the organization. According to him, by creating a problem with the issuance of visas to Russians, including diplomats, the United States is violating its obligations.

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