Moscow: US visas issued to Lavrov and his delegation

Moscow previously expressed concern that the 56 members of the Russian delegation headed by S. Lavrov have not yet been issued USA visas in the run-up to the assembly at UN headquarters from 20 to 26 September.

The United States cannot prevent member state representatives from coming to the UN headquarters, even though Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine has resulted in a travel ban on high-ranking Russian officials

“Today, visas were issued to S. Lavrov and his accompanying persons,” Russian news agencies quoted the Foreign Ministry as saying. However, it does not say how many visas were issued.

“We hope that visas will be issued to the remaining members of the delegation and logistical issues will be resolved quickly in light of the illegal sanctions imposed by the United States,” the statement said.

Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vasiliy Nebenzia, sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres earlier this month complaining about the visas not being issued.

“Issuing visas is a legal obligation of the host country, not a right or a privilege,” he wrote.

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