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Russia has not received US invitation to APEC summit

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Russia has not received an official invitation from the United States to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco yet, Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov said.

“We have not received an official invitation from Washington yet,” Antonov said in a statement, commenting on the upcoming APEC summit, due in November.

He said Russia urges the United States to ensure equal access to the APEC summit for all delegations and issue visas in due time.

“The Administration doesn’t give a clear answer. In fact, it avoids performing in good faith the functions of the APEC chairmanship. We call on the White House to ensure equal access for all delegations to the forum and timely issuance of visas, as well as to stop politicizing the work of this platform,” Antonov said.

He said the impending US government shutdown can hardly serve as an excuse for failure to comply with international commitments.

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