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Russia's UN Ambassador Tests Positive for Covid

© Sputnik / Brian Smith / Go to the mediabankRussian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia
Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia  - Sputnik International, 1920, 07.02.2022
The diplomat is self-isolating to prevent spreading the virus. He is expected to return to work in person once he tests negative again.
Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia tested positive for coronavirus, the country's mission to the global body has stated.
"Staff at the [Russian] Permanent mission are being regularly tested for COVID-19, particularly diplomats who take part in face-to-face events at the UN Headquarters", the mission said.
The spokesman for the Russian UN mission noted that Nebenzia is currently in isolation to avoid spreading the virus, and explained that he will return to work in person again once he tests negative for COVID-19. The spokesman did not elaborate on whether the ambassador was experiencing any COVID- related health problems.
Today's UN Security Council meeting, currently presided over by Russia, was chaired by deputy envoy Dmitry Polyanskiy instead of Nebenzia.
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