Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Gennady Kuzmin says the UN Deputy Secretary General agreed with him that the United States violated its visa obligations as a host country, when it rejected visas to 18 members of the Russian delegation who were set to participate at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York City.
“The UN Deputy Secretary General has basically supported our position, which is that the US has violated its obligations in regards to visas,” Kuzmin said.
According to him, the United States justification that visas are not issued exclusively due to the US national security is not a serious argument, but rather an excuse and that Russia managed to convince the delegations of several countries participating in the session to support Russia’s position.
“We have managed to persuade a wide range of countries that took part in the session, that our position is right, that our demands are justified, and that the host country is not fulfilling its obligations,” Kuzmin said, pointing out that the representatives of EU Member States took an intermediate stance.
Deputy Permanent Representative Kuzmin says that several delegations talked during the assembly about launching a mechanism in accordance with the agreement on the headquarters, which will include settling the issue in court between the UN Secretary-General and the host country.
He, however, explains that the member countries can only suggest such a mechanism and insist on this procedure, but the UN Secretary-General has the final say in it.
Kremlin and several Russian diplomats have reacted to the visa rejection of the Russian delegations by the US authorities. The head of the International Affairs Committee of the Federation Council of the upper house of Russia’s Parliament Konstantin Kosachyov, who was among those whose US visa applications were rejected, accused the US of breaching its obligations to the international community.
Previously at the end of August this year, Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Democrat Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut had their Russia travel visas denied by the government of the Russian Federation.
Senator Johnson, who was scheduled to travel to Russia as a part of a bipartisan congressional delegation, to speak with a range of Russian government officials, said that his visa was rejected due to his support for a number of pieces of legislation that aim to hold Russia accountable for its aggression in Ukraine and its targeting of dissidents.
Whereas according to Senator Chris Murphy, a member of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, scheduled to be part of the bipartisan congressional delegation in Russia, he had his visa application turned down as he is a tough critic of the Kremlin,
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