Russia’s envoy to UN: US actions can be considered as abuse of rights

United Nations, 27 March. /TASS/. Washington’s decision to expel Russian diplomats can be seen as abuse of his rights. This was stated on Monday at a meeting with journalists, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzia.

“Employees of Russia’s permanent mission at the United Nations accredited to the UN and carry out its duties exclusively in the framework of the organization, he said. Since the UN headquarters is located on the territory of the United States, the host state is assigned a special duty to respect the privileges and immunities of permanent missions of member countries and employees of the UN Secretariat who are nationals of other States”.

“The main documents regulating the status of personnel of permanent missions of States in the USA, are the Convention on the privileges and immunities of the UN 1946 and the Agreement between the United Nations and the United States on the headquarters of the UN in 1947, the diplomat stressed. Thus, the expulsion of Russian diplomats, as well as other recent unfriendly steps – denial of access to the Russian diplomatic property, non-issuance of visas for mission personnel and others – can be regarded as an abuse of his rights and obligations of the host state”.

Nebesa called unfriendly step by the US administration’s decision to expel 12 members of the Russian mission to the UN. “This is highly inappropriate and an unfriendly act, he said. – We have been informed that 12 of our staff must leave the United States.” On the question of whether such action the terms of the agreement between the US and the UN, he replied: “I don’t think so”.

The U.S. decision to expel Russian diplomats is an attack on representation at the UN. This is also said Nebenzia, answering the question TASS.

“Of course it’s a blow to our mission, he said. – But I think we mobiletheme”.

The Position Of The West

The position of the West, exploited the incident with the poisoning of the former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal as a pretext for the expulsion of Russian diplomats, raises many questions. This was stated by Russia’s permanent representative at the UN.

“This solidarity against Russia, and in the case that more and more and more cluttered with vague details, he said. It’s a no no. There is a sentence imposed without conducting any investigation. About a investigation, we are repeatedly told, but we don’t know what hides behind it, and constantly ask that we be given at least some real information.”

“Generally, the farther, the more questions arise, including I – said Nebenzia. – What happened before the incident in Salisbury or the decision on expulsion of Russian diplomats preceded the incident in Salisbury?”

He drew attention to the fact that the comments in the USA, there was little mention of the connection between the expulsion of diplomats and poisoning Skripal. “If anybody said this, is U.S. Ambassador John huntsman in Moscow, reminded of the sebenza. He said the ritual words that we often hear from Americans that he looks forward to continuing cooperation with Russia. But it is at least strange invitation to cooperate on the background of what was done today”.

The expulsion of diplomats

On Monday, the US administration announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats 48 and 12 diplomatic employees of the Russian permanent mission to the UN in new York. In addition, the Consulate will be closed in Seattle (Washington state). It the American authorities took a week.

The reason for the expulsion was the poisoning in Salisbury, the former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal, who was sentenced in Russia for espionage in favour of great Britain, his daughter Julia, who, according to the British side, have been exposed to nerve agents.

Later London issued a statement that it was supposedly developed in Russia, and on this basis accused Moscow of involvement in the incident. The Russian side has categorically denied all the speculation, arguing that programmes such substances neither in the USSR nor in Russia did not exist.

Without presenting any evidence, London deported 23 of a Russian diplomat and expressed other anti-Russian measures, after which Moscow has taken retaliatory steps in returning from Russia, a similar number of staff of the British Embassy, instructing to close the Consulate General of Bulgaria in Saint-Petersburg and to stop the activities of the British Council in Russia.