Representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova and two Russian experts were supposed to take part in a meeting of the information committee at the UN headquarters in the United States, but Zakharova's visa was issued late, and the experts did not receive them at all
The United States did not issue visas to two of the three Russian delegates who were supposed to take part in a meeting of the United Nations information committee in New York, Dmitry Polyansky, First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the organization, said at the committee meeting.
“Due to the actions of the American side, participation in the session of the committee of the Russian delegation from the capital was actually disrupted. The head of our delegation, Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, received her visa only yesterday afternoon. The remaining two experts do not have visas at all yet,— he said (quote from RIA Novosti). The diplomat called the practice “unacceptable”.
The UN secretary-general's spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said at a May 4 briefing that the organization had already raised the issue of obtaining US visas for Russian representatives and would continue to do so. “It is important that anyone with business at the UN be given the opportunity to come to the US to attend these meetings,” — Dujarric emphasized.
In November last year, Russia asked UN Secretary-General António Guterres to start an arbitration procedure due to problems with the issuance of visas to Russian diplomats by the United States. The Russian representative in the Sixth Committee of the UN General Assembly, which deals with the consideration of legal issues, Sergey Leonidchenko, pointed out that the Russian delegation has been facing similar problems for more than four years. He said that Washington's actions indicate that the United States is not going to correct the situation. In February 2022, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the same demand.
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