Nebenzya criticized the requirement to admit only vaccinated people into the UNGA hall.
The requirement of the authorities of the American New York to the delegates of the UN General Assembly to provide confirmation of the vaccination against the coronavirus is discriminatory, said the Russian Ambassador to the organization Vasily Nebenzya in a corresponding letter, RIA Novosti reports.
“Due to the sensitivity of this issue for each member country, we demand an urgent meeting of the General Assembly to discuss the situation,” Nebenzya said.
The letter itself was also sent to the UN member states, the organization’s secretary general, Antonio Guterres, and the chairman of the 76th session of the General Assembly, Abdullah Shahid.
Earlier, the New York authorities said that all world leaders and ministers who will arrive at the meeting of the UN General Assembly on September 25 must be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The City has expressed its willingness to provide an opportunity to vaccinate in New York for visiting delegates.
Shahid, in turn, in a response letter supported the demands of the city mayor’s office, calling this an important step for the resumption of the full-scale activities of the General Assembly.
At the same time, according to Nebenzi, the measures of the city authorities contradict the UN Charter and the Agreement on the location of the United Nations Headquarters, concluded between the United Nations and the United States in 1947.
According to him, the territory of the headquarters is controlled by the organization itself, and not a single law that contradicts UN rules can operate on this territory.
At the same time, the organization did not adopt a single rule that would require delegates to provide proof of vaccination, Nebenzya explained.