In Moscow, President of the International chess Association (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov who had gathered to fly to the US to solve the issue with the entered against it sanctions is not allowed on the plane of American airline Delta Air Lines to new York, stating before boarding the plane, enter the country closed to him. About the Ilyumzhinov said on Thursday, August 25, the Agency “Interfax”.

“The airline staff told me before boarding the plane that I denied entry to the United States, and the airline will refund me the money for the ticket,” – said Ilyumzhinov.

“I was going to personally convey my response to the claims of the U.S. Treasury, accusing me of having links with the Syrian leadership. Apparently, American officials have simply avoided a fair trial in the current situation,” he added.

Before departure the head of FIDE said: “I am sure he is right and I am convinced that the U.S. Treasury would kick me out of the sanctions list”.

“According to my American lawyers, there are three versions of events: the first – I was not allowed in the US, the second I am arrested and the third is I go through border control. I’m ready for any of these options, but I am sure that good sense will prevail, and my personal presence in the US will help to sort out the misunderstanding”, – he said earlier (quoted by “Interfax”).

Ilyumzhinov was elected FIDE President on 24 November 1995. Since he was six times re-elected to this position. At the end of November 2015, the U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions against him, accusing him of having links with the head of the Syrian Central Bank. Because of sanctions, the head of FIFA, temporarily lost powers in financial and administrative activities. According to the American Department, which will be rendered material assistance to the Syrian leadership and taken action on behalf and in the interests of the Syrian government and the Syrian Central Bank.

In may, Russia announced its intention to sue the U.S. Treasury for the imposition of sanctions. He recalled that he had repeatedly suggested the American side to be tested on a lie detector, but received no response.

Ilyumzhinov, the audience personally to convince the U.S. Treasury to remove sanctions, was not allowed on the plane to new York 25.08.2016

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