Russia bewildered by US move to deny entry visa to Iran envoy to UN

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Russia has criticized the US decision to deny an entry visa to Iran’s new permanent representative to the United Nations.

Russian Foreign Ministry says the move amounts to political pressure on a UN member state. It says that the US has departed from its commitments as the host of UN headquarters. Washington has banned Hamid Aboutalebi from entering its soil because of - what it calls - his role in the takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran back in 1979. Tehran says it is seriously pursuing its complaint against the US, adding that Washington’s move violates international law as well as a bilateral agreement with the UN.

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