1 Oct 2018 14:40

Kosachyov says met with U.S. politicians at UNGA

MOSCOW. Oct 1 (Interfax) - Konstantin Kosachyov, the head of the Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee, says he met with politicians from the United States on the sidelines of the session of the UN General Assembly in New York but has not specified with whom.

"I am under U.S. sanctions and therefore had to apply for a one-entry visa. It was issued to me, but with tough restrictions, a G-type visa, which only allows contacts associated with the work of the General Assembly session on the territory of the United States. And that prevented me from having bilateral meetings outside the General Assembly building, unfortunately," Kosachyov said at the committee meeting on Monday.

"However, some contacts did take place. Each of them had to be organized inside the building of the General Assembly, including with certain U.S. partners," he said.

The senator said those "U.S. partners" asked the Department of State if it was true he could not meet outside the building and that the agency confirmed it was so.

Kosachyov did not specify with whom he met and what they discussed but said he would give committee members details during the closed-door part of the meeting.