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 PompeoOvernight Defense: Lawmakers tear into Pentagon over .8B for border wall | Dems offer bill to reverse Trump on wall funding | Senators urge UN to restore Iran sanctions Former Laura Bush staffer decries Taliban's treatment of women amid peace deal Bipartisan Senate resolution would urge UN to renew Iran arms embargo, travel restrictions 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.

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