Azmaiparashvili: "The United States does wrong by not granting visa to Ilyumzhinov"

The United States of America does wrong by not permitting the President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to attend the match for the title of the World Champion, the President of the European Chess Union Zurab Azmaiparashvili said to the ‘F-Sport’ agency.

"I cannot support this decision. I think that the US must change its policy by not trying to divide people into ‘friends’ and ‘foes’," stressed the head of the ECU.

Recall that the match between the 16th World Champion Norwegian Magnus Carlsen and the Russian contender Sergey Karjakin will be held in New York on 11-30 November. Ilyumzhinov, who is included in the sanctions list of the US Treasury, has not yet received a response whether he would be granted a visa or banned from visiting the United States.