Make US ‘behave decently’: Lavrov tells Guterres over UNGA visa debacle
The Russian government has called on the United Nations to allow for Moscow’s equal participation in the upcoming 77th UN General Assembly (UNGA) in spite of the US denying it access.
According to media reports, in a notice letter sent to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the US is neglecting its responsibilities as the host country of the organization’s headquarters.
He stressed that Washington needs to “behave decently” in granting visas to Russian authorities to have their equal participation in the assembly.
Lavrov noted that “Russia cannot be unrepresented at the UN, and Western countries are not allowed to decide these issues.”
“As for the level of our presence there – whether it will be a delegation from Moscow or, as you said, our American colleagues will prohibit the arrival of our delegation in the spirit of their liberty – we’ll see,” he added.
The development comes on the heels of UN attempts to suspend Russia's membership in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) per US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s request.
Meanwhile, Lavrov also referred to the UN’s right to intervene, whenever Washington violates its duties as the host country.
However, the top Russian official noted that Guterres has been “unable or unwilling” to intervene in recent years, stressing that Moscow is “reminding him that he has it [the right], and it should not just lie in his pocket, but actively used.”
He also called on the US “to avoid the impression that it is afraid of discussions, that it is trying to cut off channels of discussion in disputes, discussions, negotiations of countries whose positions contradict American ones.”
Apart from suspending Russia from diplomatic events, Washington has imposed a raft of financial and economic sanctions against Moscow over its special military operation in Ukraine.