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Russia: US denied visas to UN delegation members

Russia: US denied visas to UN delegation members
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Russia’s foreign ministry reportedly said Tuesday that the U.S. denied visas to members of the nation's delegation to the United Nations General Assembly.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is set to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoBiden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden faces challenges, opportunities in Middle East O'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' MORE in New York to discuss the matter, Reuters reports, citing a ministry spokeswoman.

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, meanwhile, said the U.S. move justifies a tough response from Moscow and the United Nations, the news service noted.

Konstantin Kosachyov, who leads the International Affairs Committee of the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia's Parliament, called the action "outrageous," adding that "there is no explanation or justification” for it.

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”The United States breached its obligations to the international community and did not issue in due time visas to a number of members of the official delegation, including myself, and the group of accompanying officials who were due to depart for New York today to attend the 74th session of the U.N. General Assembly," he said, according to RadioFreeEurope.

Two senators — Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyCongress set for chaotic year-end sprint Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden Democrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks MORE (D-Conn.) and Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonMcConnell halts in-person Republican lunches amid COVID-19 surge Loeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus MORE (R-Wis.) — were recently denied visas to enter Russia as part of a congressional delegation. Moscow also denied a visa for Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenTop Democrat calls Trump's Afghan drawdown 'the right policy decision' as others warn of 'mistake' Overnight Defense: How members of the Armed Services committees fared in Tuesday's elections | Military ballots among those uncounted in too-close-to-call presidential race | Ninth US service member killed by COVID-19 Biden wins New Hampshire MORE (D-N.H.) in 2017.