Visas hamper the participation of Rosoboronexport top management in Farnborough air show

A number of senior delegates from arms trader Rosoboronexport who plan to attend the Farnborough air show in the UK have not received British visas yet, Rosoboronexport Press Secretary Vyacheslav Davidenko told Interfax-AVN on Friday.

"About two thirds of our delegation have not received visas yet. We have serious doubts about their participation in the air show. We do hope this problem will be resolved today," he said.

Visas have not been issued yet, mostly to the company's top managers, he added.

All applications had been drawn up and filed with the visa center on time. "None of them was rejected," Davidenko said.

Russia regrets that by not issuing visas to Russian participants in the Farnborough international air show, the British authorities are obstructing Russia's presence at this event, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich earlier said.

A high-placed Russian aircraft construction industry official told Interfax-AVN on Wednesday that Russia could boycott the Farnborough air show in 2014 if a large part of the Russian delegation does not get British visas to travel to Farnborough. "The visa situation is unprecedented this year," he said.

The British Embassy in Moscow claimed it had issued visas to all Russian representatives planning to travel to Farnborough, whohad applied for them at the time set.

The Federal Military-Technical Cooperation Service said earlier that about 50 Russian companies are planning to take part in the Farnborough international air show to be held on July 9 to 15.

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