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Nov 10, 2021
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Russia asked UN Secretary General to start arbitration with the United States on issuing visas to diplomats

The representative of the Russian Federation in the Sixth Committee of the UN General Assembly, Sergei Leonidchenko, said that Russia had asked the UN Secretary General to use the mechanism of arbitration with the United States to resolve issues with the issuance of visas to Russian diplomats, TASS reports.

“This is the case when the conversations have obviously dragged on. In the fourth year of fruitless discussions, it is time to move on to action. The corresponding call is clearly formulated in the recommendations of the Committee. The necessary mechanism is stipulated by the UN Headquarters Agreement. We ask the Secretary General to immediately use the arbitration procedure provided for in Section 21 of the Agreement, ”the diplomat said.

Earlier, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that the United States has deliberately destroyed its consular service in Russia over the past years.

Commenting on the State Department’s decision to add Russians to the list of “homeless nationalities” and oblige them to apply for visas at the American embassy in Warsaw, Zakharova called it a mockery. The diplomat noted that such a decision is a blow to families and relatives living in both countries, which “form a living tissue of relations between peoples.”

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