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 PompeoMike PompeoNoem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions 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 MurphyDemocrats ramp up pressure for infrastructure deal amid time crunch Democrats brace for slog on Biden's spending plan Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia MORE (D-Conn.) and Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGrassley pressured to run as Democrats set sights on Iowa Sunday shows preview: Bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on; Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe Democrats question GOP shift on vaccines 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 ShaheenEquilibrium/ Sustainability — Presented by NextEra Energy — Clean power repurposes dirty power CIA watchdog to review handling of 'Havana syndrome' cases Frustration builds as infrastructure talks drag MORE (D-N.H.) in 2017.