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Ky. Sen. Rand Paul invites Russian lawmakers to Washington

Ky. Sen. Rand Paul invites Russian lawmakers to Washington”

A group of United States senators, on a visit to Moscow on Monday, said they have invited Russian lawmakers to Washington later this year in a bid to help ease tensions between the two countries.

"Engagement is vital to our national security and peace around the world", said Paul in a statement Monday. "I invited the Russian Federation to send a delegation to the Capitol, and they have agreed to take this important next step", Paul said.

The announcement comes just days after Mr. Paul's spokesman confirmed the senator planned to lead a USA delegation to Moscow. Paul also told reporters that there are hopes to have meetings in a neutral third country.

If the Russian Federation accepts the invite, it would be their first trip to Capitol Hill in three years. "Meanwhile, my Trump-defending opponent Don Huffines made a decision to go on a Moscow adventure this week with Rand Paul instead, to "improve parliamentary relations" with Russian Federation".

Background: A group of US lawmakers led by Sen.

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 USA mid-terms this November.

The invitation comes at a time of heightened tensions between the US and Moscow, with lawmakers pushing legislation that would levy additional sanctions on Russian Federation for election meddling.

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.

It was "opposition research", Trump said, not collusion.

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

Trump's Helsinki meeting was panned by a number of prominent Republican officials who said the president appeared to side with Putin over top US intelligence officials.

"They're not going to admit it in the same way we're not going to admit we were involved in the Ukrainian elections or the Russian elections", Paul said.



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