FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov did not allow for the flight Moscow — new York. The flight was carried out by American airline Delta, reports «Interfax».
«The airline staff told me before boarding the plane that I denied entry to the United States,» — said the head of the International chess Federation, adding that the cost of the ticket, the carrier offered to compensate.
Ilyumzhinov explained that in the U.S., he flew to personally send a response to the claims of the US Treasury, accusing the head of FIDE in connection with the Syrian leadership. «Apparently, the us officials simply avoid a fair trial in this situation», — said Ilyumzhinov.
U.S. Department of the Treasury November 25, 2015 announced the inclusion of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in the sanctions list on Syria. Explained that he had provided material support to, and acted in the interests of the Syrian government, the Central Bank of Syria.
Later FIDE President said that he knows of only one of the two employees of Bank of Syria, in connection with which it accuses the U.S. Treasury. In may, the European Commission filed a lawsuit against the Ministry because of the sanctions imposed against it.