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

Frederick Owens
August 9, 2018

U.S. Republican Senator Rand Paul said here Monday that the main objective of his visit to Russian Federation is to establish and develop dialogue between the lawmakers of the two countries.

The chairman of the Russian worldwide relations committee, Konstantin Kosachev, thanked Paul and said he hoped the meetings could happen before the end of the year.

"I am pleased to announced that we will be continuing this contact", Paul, a Kentucky Republican, said in Moscow. "I invited the Russian Federation to send a delegation to the Capitol, and they have agreed to take this important next step", Paul said.

US Senator Rand Paul said he had travelled to the Russian capital to encourage diplomacy.

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

"The people who keep afloat this theory of conspiracy against the American democracy think that it is better for them to work in a unilateral key, using a monologue and unfounded accusations against Russia", Kosachev said, according to Russia's state-run RT news service.

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

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This is the second trip for US lawmakers to.

The senator, once a foe of the president, has emerged as a unique and somewhat renegade voice, coming as both Republicans and Democrats criticize Trump for not taking a tougher stance against Russian Federation. "Certainly it will not happen during the ongoing election campaign either", he said.

Paul's visit comes following a historic summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

One reporter asked if the senator had discussed election interference with the Russian officials.

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

Trump endured days of intense bipartisan criticism for his performance at a joint press conference, where he cited Putin's "powerful" denials of Russian interference.

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