US senators, on Moscow trip, invite Russian lawmakers to Washington

US senators, on Moscow trip, invite Russian lawmakers to Washington

US senators, on Moscow trip, invite Russian lawmakers to Washington

"My goal in coming to Russian Federation is to say that we want to have open lines of communication, it does not mean that we have no differences, it does not mean that we will not, on occasion, have discussions back and forth where we disagree", Paul said.

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

Literally within 24 hours of President Trump tweeting out an admission that his campaign attempted to conspire with agents of a hostile foreign government in an effort to 'get information on an opponent, ' Kentucky Senator Rand Paul invited a delegation of Russians to Washington.

Paul was one of only two senators who voted against a major Russia sanctions bill in 2017 and has praised President Donald Trump's efforts to engage with Russia, vocally defending Trump when the president faced widespread criticism from US lawmakers over his conduct at a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16 in Helsinki.

"Engagement is vital to our national security and peace around the world", he said.

The senator posted about the meeting on his official Facebook page.

The information could not be immediately confirmed by us officials.

Monday's whirlwind visit to Moscow, however, was not part of official diplomacy.

Paul, however, has stood by Trump, despite his remarks in Helsinki.

USA intelligence agencies say Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 United States presidential election to try to tilt the race in Trump's favour, an assertion Moscow rejects, and the two countries are also at odds over Syria and Ukraine.

Shelby's delegation said it had come with the similar goal of reviving communications with Russia, but had also delivered a warning to the Russians not to interfere in the US mid-terms this November.

"It does not mean that we have no differences, it does not mean that we will not, on occasion, have discussions back and forth where we disagree".

The "main aim of the trip" was to "create a dialogue" and "improve relations" between Moscow and Washington, Paul added. "All the Democrats are now happy that new sanctions are being introduced", Paul was quoted as saying by the RIA news agency.

Mr. Paul's press released noted that nuclear proliferation and terrorism will be among the issues the global leaders discuss.

Kosachev was less reserved, telling reporters that Russia's position was simple - there had been no Russian interference in the 2016 election "and consequently, there won't be any in this year either".

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