Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations

Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations

On Non-issuance of Visas to Russian Delegates

The UK Government didn’t issue a visa to Russian delegates who were to take part in the session of the Board for the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF), held in London July 23-28 - upon invitation by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Our colleagues were authorized by the UN General Assembly and FAO Conference accordingly to represent these UN governing bodies.

We regret that the UK not only chose to breach its international obligations as a host country for the IMO, but also to challenge the decisions by the UN General Assembly and the FAO Conference. Such irresponsible behavior may be acceptable under “the rules-based international order”, but not under the international law.