Moscow on Wednesday accused Britain of preventing Russia from attending the next OSCE parliamentary meeting in Birmingham by denying visas to members of the Russian delegation.
Because members of the delegation are under UK sanctions, Russia requested “prematurely” to “resolve the issue of providing a guarantee from the British side that the visa would be issued,” said Russian MP and delegation member Vladimir. Dzhbarov was quoted by Russian news agencies. as saying.
“We received an outrageous response that the British government – literally – cannot issue visas to members of the Russian delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, regardless of their reason for visiting the country,” he said.
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Dzhbarov, deputy head of the foreign affairs committee of Russia’s parliament, said Russia had sent a letter to all other delegations saying that “the boycott of the Russian delegation seriously damages the credibility of the event.”
According to Dzhbarov, the letter said, “All decisions taken in our absence, including the final declaration, will not be considered valid by us.”
The 29th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly will take place in Birmingham from 2-6 July. This will be the first annual session to be held in person since 2019, with the last two taking place remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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