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25 December 201919:07

Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on problems with receiving US visas by Russian officers on the UNSC Military Staff Committee

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In the context of an outrageous situation created in late September of this year by the United States, who denied visas to several members of the Russian delegation to the UN General Assembly session, we cannot but comment on the ongoing sabotage by Washington with regard to Russian UN Secretariat staffers in New York.

This time it is the Russian Defence Ministry personnel who have encountered problems. Russian officers who went through a rigorous selection process and were assigned by the UN General-Secretary’s decision to the UN Secretariat units on military matters have to wait for months to be issued US visas. In some cases, it takes over a year for US visa applications to be processed.

There are outrageous incidents when US visas are not extended for Russian staffers already working in New York, so they have to terminate their contracts and return to Russia. By using this administrative leverage, the Americans are resorting to unfair competition practices and removing Russians from the posts that they are interested in filling with their own military officers.

It is noteworthy that all of this is obviously happening with the tacit consent of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who has ignored the United States’ violation of the UN Charter and the agreement between the UN and the Government of the United States as the host country for the UN Headquarters. These and other regulatory acts stipulate the working conditions and the rights of the UN employees, while the UN Secretary-General as a guardian of these regulations is in charge of ensuring that they are observed.

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