Pushkov to attend UN General Assembly

The United States has issued a visa to chairman of the State Duma international affairs committee Alexei Pushkov to attend a UN General Assembly session.

The United States has issued a visa to chairman of the State Duma international affairs committee Alexei Pushkov to attend a UN General Assembly session.

"The visa has been granted," Pushkov told reporters on Sept.25.

The head of the Duma committee was included in the Russian delegation, which President Vladimir Putin will head.

Pushkov said that the visa was issued on Sept.24 and that it became known on Sept.25 morning. It provides an opportunity for a one-time visit to the U.S. for eight days. The committee head said that some restrictions were set, as he cannot go more than 25 kilometers away from Manhattan.

"But my plans do not envision my going away from the UN headquarters even seriously, I believe that there will be no time for this," Pushkov said.

He believes that the issue of such a visa corresponds to international practice. Such a decision taken by the U.S. State Department was predictable, he said.

"Although, certainly, given the complicated nature of Russian-U.S. relations, sanctions lists, the media raised the question of whether such a visa will be granted at all. But, as you see, to my mind, a reasonable decision has been taken that should not put up any obstacles for the work of the Russian delegation at the UN General Assembly," the politician said.

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