French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Moscow did not inform Paris about visa issue for UNESCO event
PARIS, November 25 – RIA Novosti. A spokesperson for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that France “issued visas on time”, saying that the Russian authorities did not inform France about the problem of issuing visas to its representatives to attend the UNESCO event in Paris.
Earlier, the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, said that France did not issue visas to Russian representatives to attend the 33rd session of the Intergovernmental Council of the UNESCO International Program, which began work in Paris on Thursday.
“The Russian authorities did not inform us about the visa issue related to the International Program (UNESCO),” the spokesperson of the French Foreign Ministry said at a briefing by RIA Novosti, in response to the question of why Paris did not issue visas to Russian representatives.
He noted that France “issued on time visas allowing delegates from all Member States to attend UNESCO sessions”.
“If there are difficulties in issuing visas, there are channels of communication between delegations,” the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
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