Before the upcoming general debate at the UN General Assembly in New York, the USA is apparently delaying the issuance of visas for a Russian delegation led by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
An agreement between the USA as the host country and the United Nations regulates the legal framework for visas, among other things. Accordingly, the United States is obliged to allow diplomats and members of government delegations to enter the United States if they want to go to the United Nations headquarters on the East River in Manhattan. There, however, their freedom of movement can be limited to just a few blocks around the UN building.
In the past, there have always been temporary delays in the US issuing visas, most recently in Iran, for example. A number of heads of government from rival states, such as Cuban ruler Fidel Castro, addressed the United Nations. This year's general debate at the UN General Assembly will start on September 20 and last for a week. More than 150 heads of state and government have announced their attendance.