The President of the International chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in conversation with “Interfax” said that he had appealed to President Barack Obama asking for a personal meeting. During it, if necessary, he is willing to ask the American President about granting U.S. citizenship to protect their rights.
He said that he had sent Obama a letter after he was not allowed on the flight to new York, where he was planning to meet with representatives of the U.S. Treasury. The office at the end of 2015 and introduced Ilyumzhinov in the sanctions list.
“In his address, I expressed my willingness to defend their rights in an American court and, if necessary, an American citizen, I would be willing to ask for a personal meeting with Obama about it,” Ilyumzhinov said, stressing that appealed to Obama as the Nobel peace prize to us President defended his rights.
The head of FIDE said that today, September 11, he received a reply from the office of the President of the United States that his letter is seen.
On Sunday, the Agency TASS reported that Ilyumzhinov has asked Obama to give him American citizenship. “I want to have my case considered on American soil, under American laws,” quoted Ilyumzhinov TASS, said during a speech before members of FIDE in Baku.
Later, the Director of FIDE representative office in Russia Berik balgabayev told “R-Sport” said that Russia did not ask the US President to grant him citizenship of the country, but only expressed their willingness, if necessary, to consider this option.
Ilyumzhinov, who is in the sanctions list of the U.S. Treasury, had previously expressed their disagreement with the inclusion in the black list. In late August, Ilyumzhinov was not allowed on the flight from Moscow to new York, where he was planning to meet with representatives of the U.S. Treasury.