Published: Wed, August 08, 2018

Ky. Sen. Rand Paul invites Russian lawmakers to Washington

Ky. Sen. Rand Paul invites Russian lawmakers to Washington

I think this is incredibly important.

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

Visiting Moscow on Monday, Sen.

Paul was expected to meet Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov during his visit.

Sen. Paul defended Trump's meeting with Putin amid backlash from Democrats, establishment Republicans, and the mainstream media.

The relationship between the two countries has sunk to lows not seen since the Cold War days, as they spar over a range of issues from election interference to the crises in Syria and Ukraine.

Top from left: a member of the Senate of the legislative Assembly of the state of Texas Peter Hettler, Texas Sen. The US delegation also plans to visit Saint Petersburg. Paul also told reporters that there are hopes to have meetings in a neutral third country.

America and Russian initiated diplomatic talks their diplomatic talks since President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, in July.

The announcement comes just days after Mr. Paul's spokesman confirmed the senator planned to lead a us delegation to Moscow.

The senator announced his planned trip just hours after President Trump concluded a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, where Trump cast doubt on the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. "Certainly it will not happen during the ongoing election campaign either", he said.

Paul said he and Kosachev agreed "engagement is vital to our national security and peace around the world, adding that "We agreed on the importance of continued dialogue".

Kosachev dismissed new accusations that Russian Federation had meddled in United States elections.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign, after the U.S. intelligence community concluded that Putin ordered efforts to undermine Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and aid Trump.

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