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Parliament group regrets Russian speaker's no show


The Inter-Parliamentary Union is expressing regret that the speaker of Russia's upper house of Parliament will not be attending a world congress of parliament speakers at the United Nations next week. The IPU says Valentina Matvienko is having issues with her visa to the U.S.

   IPU Secretary-General Martin Chungong told a news conference that the organization learned officially Friday morning that speaker Valentina Matvienko would not be attending the congress, which opens Monday.

   Matvienko is under U.S. sanctions in connection with Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.  The sanctions do not bar officials from U.N. events, but the IPU only has observer status at the world organization.

   Russia's Foreign Ministry said the visa issued to Matvienko barred her from attending IPU events.

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