17 Dec 2019 13:58

Federation Council's Kosachyov fails to receive U.S. visa again

MOSCOW. Dec 17 (Interfax) - Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Konstantin Kosachyov has not received a U.S. visa for a second time since September; he was planning to attend events of the UN General Assembly.

"A resolution on the inadmissibility of glorification of Nazism, which the General Assembly adopts on the annual basis, will be discussed at the UN General Assembly session in New York starting at 9 a.m. EST tomorrow, i.e., in less than 24 hours. [...] Russia has again requested a visa for a member of its official delegation, Konstantin Iosifovich Kosachyov. The repeat application was submitted to the U.S. embassy on November 8. The U.S. embassy has not replied to the visa application so far," Kosachyov said at a press conference on Tuesday.

"This means I, a member of the Russian official delegation to the UN General Assembly, will be denied a visa for a second time," he said.

According to Kosachyov, several members of the Russian delegation to the UN General Assembly, including himself, did not receive U.S. visas.

Kosachyov said he had thus been denied the possibility of participating in the UN General Assembly's session hosted by the United States.

"This has absolutely nothing to do with the U.S. national jurisdiction. What's more, the U.S. signed a special agreement with the UN to guarantee the issuance of visas to all participants of UN events held in the U.S. territory, naturally, starting with sessions of the UN General Assembly. I hereby declare that the United States has drastically breached its obligations to the UN and the international community," he said.