Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said yesterday that most of the Russian delegation to the session of the UN General Assembly was not issued with American visas:
“Part of the delegation that is flying with the minister has been issued visas, and most of them have not yet been issued visas. We are waiting, today is Wednesday. We are waiting for the US authorities to issue visas for the delegation that is traveling to the high-level segment of the General Assembly as soon as possible.”
Answering the question of journalists whether such difficulties could lead to the absence of the Russian delegation at the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, he suggested “not to speculate on this topic”:
“Let’s wait for the results and we’ll talk.”
On Tuesday, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that the head of the department, Sergei Lavrov, and some members of the Russian delegation, were issued American visas to participate in the UN General Assembly in New York, writes Interfax.
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