Two UN committees suspended due to visa problems for the Russian delegation
The First and Sixth Committees of the UN General Assembly suspended work due to problems with issuing visas to delegates from Russia.
Committees dealing with legal issues and disarmament and international security will continue to work on Tuesday morning New York time (17: 00 Moscow time), writes Lenta.ru with reference to RIA Novosti and a source in the Russian delegation.
Later, Russia's deputy representative to the UN, Gennady Kuzmin, confirmed that the committee’s demarche is related to US visa policy - the United States did not allow delegates from Russia, Cuba, Iran, and a number of states to enter the country at a UN meeting.
He expressed hope that the UN Secretary General will be included in the resolution of the situation, up to the arbitration between the UN and the United States, the newspaper said.
Earlier, Russia proposed moving the committee meetings from New York to Vienna or Geneva, starting next year.
A similar proposal was also voiced by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov: he called for the transfer of all international events from the United States to more stable venues.
As ForumDaily wrote earlier:
- On September 24, Russian Senator Konstantin Kosachev announced that he and nine other members of the Russian delegation could not issue visas to the USA on time.
- Moscow considered Washington’s actions an outrageous example of disrespect for UN members and reported that don't rule out retaliationbut remind that they launched the United States restrictions exchange process.
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