Russia urges US to issue visas to FM Lavrov and his delegation for UNGA visit in September


In a recent development, the Russian Embassy in the United States has asked the White House and the State Department to grant visas to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and other members of the delegation who are to go to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). in September. Anatoly Antonov, the Russian ambassador to the United States, said the embassy had already urged the White House and the relevant department to meet their commitments as the host country where the UN headquarters is located.

“We will continue to insist on ensuring the unimpeded entry of all Russian representatives attending the 77th session of the UN General Assembly,” Ambassador Antonov told broadcaster Rossiya 24, according to Sputnik. It comes as the United States imposed sanctions on Russian leaders after Moscow launched a full-fledged war in Ukraine on February 24. In late February, the United States imposed restrictions on Lavrov that barred him from entering the country, froze his assets there, and barred U.S. citizens and businesses from doing business with anyone on the list. penalty list.

Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry called the sanctions “illegal” and said Lavrov had no accounts at foreign banks. The United States and the United Nations have an agreement that states that the host country of the headquarters must not prevent representatives and other officials from traveling to meetings. In addition, Ambassador Antonov also said that he also hoped to know if Washington was really ready to discuss arms control and a treaty with Moscow to replace “New START”.New START is now the ‘gold standard’ in the field of arms control, which must be maintained,” he added.

Russia suspends US inspections of its nuclear weapons sites

Notably, Russia decided to temporarily suspend a provision of the 2010 “NEW START” treaty that allowed US and Russian inspectors to visit each other’s nuclear weapons facilities. Previously, mutual inspections had been suspended as a safety measure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, on August 8, the Russian Foreign Ministry gave another justification for Moscow’s reluctance to take them back. He said the decision not to resume the debut was made because US sanctions restricted visits by Russian inspectors to Washington.

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