Moscow had asked Washington for 56 visas, according to a letter sent on September 2 to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres by Russian UN Ambassador Vassil Nebenzia. The Russian diplomatic source said on Tuesday that the United States had approved 24 visas.
Nebenzia had also mentioned in his letter that the crew of Lavrov’s plane had not received visas. It was not clear whether Washington had granted visas for the Russian flight crew or whether Lavrov would have to fly commercial to New York.
The US State Department did not respond to a request for information.
The high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly begins on September 20.
Under the 1947 UN agreement, the United States must generally allow foreign diplomats access to the United Nations. But Washington says it can deny visas for security, terrorism and foreign policy reasons.
The United Nations said earlier this month it was discussing the Russian visa issue with the United States.
The relationship between the United States and Russia has broken down since Moscow invaded Ukraine.
On Tuesday, the Kremlin said the United States was “breaching its obligations” by not issuing visas to the full Russian delegation and said it would hold the United Nations and the United States accountable for the situation.
The United States said earlier this month that it takes its obligations as a UN host country seriously and that visa files are confidential under US law, so it cannot comment on individual cases.
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