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 Kuzmin Keeps Asking for Visa U.S. - State Department Shows Disrespect for Ukraine as a Whole

First Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin cannot attend the National Prayer Breakfast with the participation of U.S. President Barack Obama as the U.S. Embassy is delaying his visa.

It isreported by the press service of the Prosecutor General'sOffice.

"Unfortunately,I cannot accept your kind invitation, as the U.S. Embassy here inKiev, continues to delay my visa so that I do not have enough timeto organize the trip which would allow me to attend this importantevent. The situation is such despite the fact that my request for avisa was submitted in accordance with the established procedure andwithin the time limits for the processing of such request," says aletter sent to the U.S. Congress by Kuzmin, which was published onthe website of the General Prosecutor's Office.
In aletter to Congress, the first Deputy Prosecutor General hasconcluded that "the behavior of the U.S. Department of State showsa clear lack of respect for Ukraine in general and to me as one ofits citizens."
"Thisbehavior is, in my view, also reflects the lack of respect for theU.S. Congress, which gave me the honor to participate in thisworldwide spiritual event," says Kuzmin.

FirstDeputy expressed his regret that he could not participate in theNational Prayer Breakfast. He noted that this breakfast in the U.S.is a spiritual festival, which aims to promote common goals ofgoodwill and cooperation between many countries and religions to berepresented there."It's ashame that this fact was ignored in the U.S. State Department'sdecision to deprive me of the opportunity to take part in the mostuseful of the festivities," said R.Kuzmin.
As previously reported, Kuzmin in a letter toU.S. President Barack Obama said that on October 19, 2012,Ambassador John Tefft told him that his five year multi visa to theUS was cancelled without explanation.

OnDecember 10 Tefft publicly confirmed that Kuzmin's visa was indeedcanceled and explained it by the provisions of the American law. Headded that Kuzmin knows the reason why he was denied a visa, butthe ambassador himself has no right to publishit.At thesame time, responding to a question whether this is related to thelatest resolution of the Congress, Tefft said: "The cancelling ofthe visa is in no way related to the decision of the Congress,these things are not related."
Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n232025