MOSCOW, November 10 /TASS/. US refusal to issue a visa to FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov contradicts a universal principle that "sport is above politics", Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.
"Suffice it to say that the substantiation is grotesque and does not stand any criticism. But for the incumbent US authorities, who have been carried away with imposing sanctions on Russia and its citizens, any pretext is good," the Russian diplomat stressed.
Zakharova noted that she could only regret that today "after a heavy damage had been inflicted on the Russian-US relations, the White House is again refusing to observe a universal principle that "sport is above politics."
"As a result, the FIDE president will be unable to be present at the world chess championship match in New York, which he himself has organized, for the first time in 92 years. It is not doing credit to the outgoing US administration," Zakharova said.