Russian International Minister Sergey Lavrov confirmed – immediately Sunday – that his nation “won't forgive” america for refusing to grant visas to Russian journalists who accompanied him on Monday and Tuesday throughout his go to to the United Nations.
“We can't neglect and we can't forgive,” Lavrov stated earlier than heading to New York, denouncing Washington's resolution, calling it “ridiculous” and “cowardly”. Russia assumed the rotating presidency of the UN Safety Council in April.
For his half, Deputy International Minister Sergei Ryabkov warned of additional retaliatory measures, and authorities information companies quoted him as saying: “We'll discover methods to answer this in order that the Individuals lengthy keep in mind that this stuff can't be carried out.
The RIA Novosti information company additionally quoted a diplomatic supply as saying that after this incident, “American journalists will undergo harassment and hassle.”
And final month, American journalist Ivan Gershkovich was arrested in Russia for spying, which the journalist strongly denied, as did the newspaper he works for.
RIA Novosti quoted the diplomatic supply as saying the visa incident proves Washington's “imaginary concern” for Gershkovitch, explaining, “In any other case they would not deal with Russian journalists this fashion.”