15 Oct 2019 11:01

U.S. visas not issued to 18 members of Russian delegation to UNGA session - deputy envoy

NEW YORK, UN. Oct 15 (Interfax) - The United States did not issue visas to 18 members of the Russian delegation to the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, Russian Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Gennady Kuzmin said at a meeting of the UN General Assembly's Sixth Committee (Legal).

"The Russian delegation is 18 visas short. Not a single visa has been issued this week," Kuzmin said.

"As regards the activity of the Sixth Committee, an interpreter who was supposed to translate speeches of Russian [representatives] into English did not get their visa," he said.

Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Konstantin Kosachyov said on September 24 that U.S. visas were not issued to him, State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Leonid Slutsky, and a number of Russian Foreign Ministry employees on the delegation to the UN General Assembly session.

The U.S. embassy in Moscow described the situation as "an individual case" and did not provide further comment.