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"Lavrov Granted UNGA Visa" - Russian Media

FILE - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a joint news conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Moscow, Russia August 31, 2022.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and members of a Russian delegation have been granted visas to attend the United Nations' General Assembly, a Russian news agency reported, citing the foreign ministry.

The 77th session of the assembly will open in New York on Tuesday with the forum's high-level sessions and General Debate starting next week.

"Today, visas were given to Lavrov and a number of those who will accompany him," Interfax quoted the foreign ministry as saying.

Moscow has accused the United States of trying to block Russia's full participation in the general assembly by delaying the granting of visas for Russians to attend.

The Kremlin on Tuesday said the United States was "violating its obligations" by not issuing visas to Russia's full delegation and said it was taking steps to hold both the U.N. and the U.S. to account over the situation.

This year's session will mark the first time world leaders convene at the U.N. headquarters completely in-person since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020.

Through the years, even heads-of-state that Washington despised and we at open odds with, such as Fidel Castro, were allowed access to UNGA