The United Kingdom refused to issue visas to the Russian delegation to participate in the July session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Vladimir Dzhabarov, First Deputy Head of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, said, the agencies report. Reuters and “Interfaxon Wednesday, June 22.
According to Dzhabarov, the committee asked the leadership of the assembly and the Russian Foreign Ministry in advance “to resolve the issue of providing the British side with guarantees for issuing entry visas to the UK for parliamentarians” for participation in the July session of the OSCE PA.
Britain, according to Dzhabarov, replied that the government of the country “cannot issue visas to members of the Russian delegation to the OSCE PA for whatever purpose they visit the country.” Dzhabarov called this answer “outrageous.” The reason is that all members of the permanent delegation of the Federal Assembly of Russia are in sanctions UK listings.
The OSCE PA session will be held July 2-6 in Birmingham. In 2020, the session was canceled, and in 2021 it was held in mixed format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The upcoming session will be the first in two years to be held in a private format. UK following the EU imposed sanctions against Russian parliamentarians in March 2022 due to Russian invasion to Ukraine.