Vasily Nebenzya, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, may not be able to attend the 76th session of the UN General Assembly. The reason is the coronavirus restrictions in force in New York. The new chairman of the UN General Assembly Abdullah Shahid supported the idea of not allowing unvaccinated citizens into the hall.
In a letter sent to the Secretary General of the World Organization Antonio Guterres, Nebenzia stressed that Russia “is very much surprised and disappointed.” The Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation noted that the requirement to present a certificate of vaccination contradicts the agreement between the United Nations and the United States, and also violates the charter of the world organization.
“There are also a number of other issues to consider in this regard: the rights of people who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, those who have just recovered from coronavirus and have antibodies, the rights of people who have been vaccinated with drugs not approved by the Centers for Control and disease prevention, “the diplomat added.
UNGA High Level Week kicks off in New York on 21 September. It will be attended by leaders of a number of countries, heads of government and ministers. They will discuss various topics, including the fight against coronavirus in the world. “I am focused on universal vaccination as part of the restoration of the world from COVID-19. We simply have to close the vaccination gap,” – said the new chairman of the UNGA.