Russia says that the USA has denied visas to journalists who needed to cowl International Minister Sergey Lavrov’s journey to New York
MOSCOW — Russia mentioned Sunday that the USA has denied visas to journalists who needed to cowl International Minister Sergey Lavrov’s journey to New York, and Lavrov prompt that Moscow would take sturdy retaliatory measures.
There was no speedy remark from the U.S. State Division concerning the declare of refused visas. The journalists aimed to cowl Lavrov’s look on the United Nations to mark Russia’s chairmanship of the Safety Council.
“A rustic that calls itself the strongest, smartest, free and truthful nation has chickened out and performed one thing silly by exhibiting what its sworn assurances about defending freedom of speech and entry to info are actually value,” Lavrov mentioned earlier than leaving Moscow on Sunday.
“Make sure that we is not going to overlook and won’t forgive,” he mentioned.
“I emphasize that we are going to discover methods to reply to this, in order that the People will keep in mind for a very long time not to do that,” deputy overseas minister Sergei Ryabkov mentioned.
The dispute comes within the wake of excessive tensions with Washington over the arrest final month of Wall Avenue Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, whom Russia accuses of espionage. The US has declared him to be “wrongfully detained.”
Many Western journalists stationed in Moscow left the nation after Russia despatched troops into Ukraine. Russia presently requires overseas journalists to resume their visas and accreditation each three months, in comparison with annually earlier than the combating started.