Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and members of a Russian delegation have been granted visas to attend the United Nations General Session. A Russian news agency reported the information citing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to Reuters, the Russian delegation had been trying to get visas for several days to attend the 77th General Session of the United Nations, which began on Tuesday in New York. But Russia has been criticizing the US for weeks for not granting visas.

“Today, Lavrov and many of those who will come with him have been granted visas,” Interfax quoted the Foreign Ministry as saying.

Moscow has accused the United States of trying to block Russia’s full participation in the General Assembly by delaying the issuance of visas for Russians to attend. High-level sessions of the forum will begin next week.

The Kremlin said on Tuesday that the US was “breaching its obligations” by not granting visas to Russia’s full delegation.

The Kremlin also said it was taking steps to hold both the United Nations and the United States accountable for its actions.

(September 13)