MOSCOW, August 26. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has declined to comment on the possibility of issuing a limited US visa for Federation Council speaker Valentina Matviyenko.
"We do not answer ‘if’ questions," Russia’s top diplomat told reporters.
Matviyenko who heads the upper house of Russia’s parliament earlier received an official invitation to take part in the 4th World Conference of Speakers of Parliament from member states of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, which will take place in New York from August 31 to September 2.
This event will be preceded by the 10th meeting of women speakers of parliament due to take place on August 29-30.
Meanwhile, Russia’s Federation Council speaker earlier said she did not rule out that she might be denied a US visa as a person on the US sanctions list.
The United States is bound by an agreement with the United Nations Organization, under which it is required to admit persons to the country arriving for participation in the UN events. This rule, however, does not apply to all events held on the territory of the UN compound in New York.
The Inter-Parliamentary Union is an independent international structure with its headquarters in Geneva and has the status of an observer organization at the UN.