U.S. senator seeks dialogue with Russian legislators

08 August, 2018, 23:19 | Author: Sheila Harris
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Senator Rand Paul is leading a USA delegation to Moscow in an effort to improve lines of communication with Russian Federation.

Paul also met representatives of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, led by the committee's chairman Leonid Slutsky.

In a statement released by his office, Paul emphasized that "engagement is vital to our national security and peace around the world".

That meeting could take place as soon as this fall, said Konstantin Kosachev, head of the foreign relations committee in the upper house.

"I think this is incredibly important, " Paul said after the high-profile sit-down.

Konstantin Kosachyov, the chairman of the International Affairs Committee, said at the meeting with Paul that efforts to mend ties are hampered by sanctions the United States has imposed in response to Russia's interference in Ukraine, its alleged meddling in the USA 2016 presidential election, and other actions. The trip also demonstrates the continued determination of certain members of the Republican Party to defend the Trump administration's attempt at warmer relations with Russian Federation.

During Monday's meeting, Paul reportedly invited Russian lawmakers to meet with more members of the U.S. Congress.

And Paul is the only Republican lawmaker to stand by Trump during that controversy.

Among the Russian senators sitting across from Paul was Moscow's former ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, whose meetings with members of the Trump campaign provoked uproar in 2016.

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The Kentucky Republican said it was agreed that a delegation of council members would visit the USA capital.

The Texas senator's trip comes during a tense time for U.S. -Russia relations.

During a news conference in Helsinki at the time, Trump declined to back the conclusion of the USA intelligence that Russian Federation interfered with the United States presidential election over Putin's denials, though Trump later said when he was back in the U.S. that he misspoke.

US President Donald Trump has come under fire for failing to challenge Vladimir Putin over election meddling at their summit in Helsinki last month.

"The hatred of the president is so intense that partisans would rather risk war than give diplomacy a chance", Paul said in a long defense of Trump on the Senate floor, days after the summit.

"Of course, Mr. Paul is yet to discuss these ideas with his colleagues after returning to Washington", Kosachyov said.

Kosachev said that the meeting could happen as early as this fall.

Russian media also quoted Paul as saying that he invited members of the committee to Washington for talks.

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