L’Expression: Internationale – Lavrov obtains his visa for New York

“Today visas were issued to (Sergei) Lavrov and a number of people accompanying him,” the Russian Foreign Ministry told reporters, after weeks of diplomatic battle between Moscow and Washington on this subject.

The head of Russian diplomacy and other representatives of his delegation have received visas from the United States to attend the UN General Assembly in New York, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced yesterday. “Today visas were issued to (Sergei) Lavrov and a number of people accompanying him,” the ministry told reporters, after several weeks of diplomatic battle between Moscow and Washington over the issue. “We expect the issuance of visas to the rest of the members of the delegation, as well as the rapid resolution of logistical problems, given the illegal sanctions imposed by the United States” in the wake of the Russian special military operation engaged in Ukraine in last March, however, indicated Russian diplomacy. The debates of the UN General Assembly, a major global diplomatic meeting, are scheduled for September 20 to 26 in New York (United States). Earlier in the day, Leonid Sloutski, the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the Duma, the lower house of the Russian Parliament, had affirmed that “none (of the members of the delegation) had received a visa” at this stadium, the American side “playing games” dangerous according to him. For several weeks, Moscow has been asking Washington to issue the necessary visas to the 56 members of the Russian delegation who are to attend the UN General Assembly, calling on the United States to respect “their legal obligations”. Since the end of February and the Russian offensive in Ukraine, Sergei Lavrov is “banned from entering” American territory. But according to an agreement dating from 1947 between the United States and the UN, the United States must not prevent the transit to the United Nations headquarters of representatives of member states, including Russia, and are required to issue visas. diplomats involved in the meetings of the various UN bodies.

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