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Russia says U.S. sluggish to supply visas for Lavrov go to: report

The U.S. doesn’t appear to be dashing to welcome Russian diplomats forward of the 77th session of the UN Basic Meeting this month.

Fifty-six visas that the Kremlin requested to permit International Minister Sergey Lavrov and his delegation to journey to New York Metropolis for the UN gathering haven’t been supplied by the U.S., Reuters reported Friday. The session is scheduled to start out Sept. 13, with high-level Basic Meeting conferences starting every week later.

Reuters reported that Vasily Nebenzya, Russia’s ambassador to the UN, stated in a letter to the physique’s Secretary Basic António Guterres that the U.S. has been “continually refusing to grant entry visas” to Russian delegates in latest months.

The chilly shoulder from the U.S. comes with Washington-Moscow relations all however frozen following Russia’s bloody invasion of Ukraine.

America has been additional pissed off by Russia’s unwillingness to return Brittney Griner, the U.S. basketball star arrested within the winter over cannabis oil cartridges spied in her baggage at a Moscow-area airport.

The U.S. supplied a prisoner swap that may launch Viktor Bout, a notorious Russian arms dealer held by America, in change for Griner and Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine who was jailed in Russia in 2018. However the deal has not been realized.

The U.S. State Division didn’t instantly reply to a Each day Information request for touch upon the visa friction.

However Reuters reported {that a} spokesperson for the division stated “Russia’s unwarranted actions in opposition to our embassy in Russia, together with the compelled termination of native and third nation nationwide workers” have strained America’s “capability to course of visas.”

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