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The Russian foreign Ministry accused the US of using financial leverage with the aim to interfere with the proper working of the UN. A statement published on the Agency’s website.
The report notes that the United States is the main defaulter for the last time, as the country’s debt to the regular budget of the UN has already exceeded $ 1 billion. “There is a clear attempt by Washington to undermine the work of the Organization,” the statement said.
The foreign Ministry stressed that Russia fulfills its financial obligations and urged other countries to fiscal discipline.
Earlier, UN Secretary-General antónio Guterres announced a significant financial crisis within the organization that is associated with the fact that more than 50 member States, including the US, have not paid dues for the current year.
According to Guterres, in November, the UN Secretariat can be difficult to pay employees and bills from suppliers of goods and services. In this regard, the organization will have to resort to austerity measures: reduction in the number of meetings, scope translated into six languages documents, as well as expenses for electricity, air-conditioning and the security of the premises.
In early October, 2019 the First and Sixth committees of the UN General Assembly suspended the work due to problems with issuing visas to delegates from Russia. Later zampolpreda of Russia to the UN Gennady Kuzmin confirmed that the demarche of the committees associated with the visa policy of the United States — the States are not allowed to enter the country on a UN meeting, delegates from Russia, Cuba, Iran and a number of States.
On 24 September, the Russian Senator Konstantin Kosachev said that he and nine members of the Russian delegation were not able to issue visas in the United States. In Moscow deemed Washington’s actions a flagrant example of disrespect to the UN.
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