Biden to the United Nations General Assembly on September 21, 2021:
“And as we close this period of relentless war, we’re opening a new era of relentless diplomacy….[W]e are not seeking a new Cold War or a world divided into rigid blocs.”
Though he coupled those vaporous bromides with:
“We have reaffirmed our sacred NATO Alliance to Article 5 commitment. We’re working with our allies toward a new strategic concept that will help our alliance better take on evolving threats of today and tomorrow.”
Lest the true point be missed.
US House Rules Committee passed an amendment to the defense budget, which recommend the US administration to consider imposing sanctions against 35 Russian citizens, including Russian ministers, major businessmen, public figures and journalists.
According to the document, the US lawmakers believe that the mentioned Russian citizens may be involved in violation of human rights. The US President must provide a conclusion to the relevant US Congress committees whether any of the mentioned people comply with the criteria for imposition of sanctions under the “Global Magnitsky Act.”
Washington’s refusal to issue a visa to Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, is a gross violation of international law and will be responded to in kind, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
The Russian Foreign Ministry pointed out that “the US authorities, which pursue a now longstanding and quite deliberate line, continue to obstruct the issuance of visas for Russian representatives traveling to events at the UN Headquarters in New York.”
“We have to state that this time Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs and a member of the official delegation of the Russian Federation (whose membership was approved by the Russian president) to the 76th United Nations General Assembly, was denied entry,” the ministry said. “This is outrageous arbitrariness and an absolutely unacceptable violation of international law, which of course cannot and will not go without a proper response.”