»Visa war»


1 Syria

“The repair of the strategically important »Al-Ba’ath» hydroelectric power station, located in north of Syria, in the province of Raqqah, has begun” — Vladimir Barnavsky, an officer of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the warring parties, announced. As Barnavsky specified, after the outbreak of the civil war in Syria, this strategically important object was under the control of ISIS. In 2017, the ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ liberated the hydroelectric station and the territories nearby. “The stable operation of the country’s industrial facilities and the development of the social projects and the welfare of Syrian citizens depends on the stable operation of the entire cascade of the hydropower plant» — the officer concluded.

2 Syria

The head of the commission of the Russian Public Chamber on the development of the public diplomacy, humanitarian cooperation and the preservation of the traditional values, Elena Sutormina, announced that she intends to contact the UN about the situation in the ‘Rukban’ refugee camp, located on the border of Syria and Jordan. Elena Sutormina underlined that the situation in the camp is close to a humanitarian crysis. «The United States and their henchmen deprive the camp residents of the possibility of free movement and the choice of residence at their discretion. Due to this situation, we will send an appeal to the UN Commissioner for the Human Rights in order to raise these issues» — the ‘TASS’ quoted Elena Sutormina.

3 the USA

The Russian Embassy in Washington reported that the United States did not issue the entry visas for a delegation from the Russian Federal Treasury. They needed the visas to attend the Conference of the International Institute for the Regulation of the Audit Profession, planned on 3rd of December. It was noted that the State Department prevented the visit of the director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s department for the work with compatriots living abroad, Oleg Malginov. He planned to attend the Youth Forum in New York on 28th and 29th of November in 2019.

4 Russia

The chairman of the Russian parliament’s foreign affairs committee, Leonid Slutsky, called the recent non-issuance of visas to the Russian officials by the US authorities to be a “visa war.” «Such actions make us think about the feasibility of holding the international events in the United States, including the ones done by the UN». Leonid Slutsky underlined that it wasn’t the first time when «the US have shown themselves to be an unfair partner during the organization of the multilateral meetings»

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