Russia’s OSCE delegation refused UK visas due to sanctions

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June 22 (Reuters) – Members of the Russian delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) have been refused British visas to attend a session in Britain next month.

A senior Russian lawmaker said on Wednesday that members of the Russian delegation had not obtained British visas and would not be able to travel to the OSCE’s annual parliamentary assembly in Birmingham in July.

The British Embassy in Moscow said the Russian delegation to the OSCE was not allowed to enter the UK due to sanctions imposed by London in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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“All members of the Russian delegation are under sanctions in the UK for their role in destabilizing Ukraine and undermining the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine,” he said. the embassy said in a statement on the Telegram messaging app on Wednesday.

“These sanctions prohibit them, among other things, from traveling to the United Kingdom.”

The OSCE is a Cold War-era multinational body designed to prevent and monitor conflict in Europe. The annual meeting of its parliamentary assembly will take place in the English city of Birmingham from July 2-6.

The UK Home Office (Home Office) said earlier that it was prioritizing visa applications from Ukrainians and that there were “no restrictions or limitations for Russian nationals to work in UK on long-term work visas”. Read more

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