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US denies visas to 18 Russian diplomats during UNGA sixth committee forum – Representative

US denies visas to 18 Russian diplomats during UNGA sixth committee forum – Representative

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 15 Oct 2019, 04:45 am

United Nations (Sputnik/UNI) The United States has denied visas to 18 Russian diplomats at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Sixth Committee, which deals with legal issues, Russia's Deputy Permanent UN Representative Gennady Kuzmin has announced.

"The Russian delegation did not get 18 visas. This week, not a single visa was issued," Kuzmin said on Monday, adding that among the people who were denied visas was an interpreter who was supposed to translate statements from the Russian delegation into English.

Last week, Kuzmin told Sputnik that the UNGA Sixth Committee had taken a pause in its work because of US visa problems that several diplomats (from Iran, Russia, Cuba and other states) faced.

The Russian delegation planned to present three draft resolutions at the UNGA this week with the aim of preventing a space arms race, Acting Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office at Geneva Andrey Belousov told Sputnik on Monday.

The resolutions have to do with transparency in outer space and the deployment of weapons in space.

Belousov also said that Russia wants to propose to shift the location of the UNGA First Committee - which deals with questions of disarmament and international security - from New York to Vienna or Geneva, amid obstacles Russian diplomats have faced when trying to obtain US visas.