After the start of the meeting, the permanent mission of Russia to the United Nations said that after 10 days of consultations, the United States still failed to issue US visas to the main members of the Russian delegation, resulting in the inability of its representatives to attend the meeting, so the Russian side requested to postpone the meeting, but the Russian sides move was opposed by the American sides representatives, while Iran and other countries expressed support for the Russian sides proposal, and the final meeting could not be obtained Any substantive progress.
In fact, this is not the first time that a delegation of the Russian Disarmament Commission has been denied a visa. In 2018 and 2019, experts attending the meeting in Russia have also repeatedly applied for a visa. Russias foreign ministry said the United States deliberately delayed the issuance of visas to Russian officials preparing to go to the United Nations headquarters, saying the move could further damage Russian US relations.
This month, U.N. Secretary General Guterres said he was deeply concerned about the U.S. visa issue and urged the U.S. side to normalize visa procedures. It is reported that this is not the first time the United States has used the issuance of visas to prevent representatives of other countries from attending the United Nations. During the high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly in 2019, as many as 58 Iranian diplomats failed to obtain visas, and the reason given by the US side was the so-called technical problem. In January, at a time when relations between the United States and Iran were strained, the United States refused to issue visas to Iranian foreign minister Zarif. In addition to refusing to issue visas, the United States has also imposed strict restrictions on the scope of activities of members of the United Nations delegation, including Syria, North Korea and other countries.
At the invitation of the United States, the general assembly of the United Nations agreed to locate the assembly in the United States. The two sides signed the agreement between the United Nations and the United States on the headquarters of the United Nations, which came into force in 1947. The agreement stipulates that the United States, as the host country, shall not set obstacles for the relevant personnel of the member states of the United Nations who go to the headquarters of the United Nations on official business, and shall issue them visas free of charge and promptly.