Sen. Rand Paul Invites Russian Lawmakers To Visit The Capitol

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Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said Monday that he secured an agreement from Konstantin Kosachev, the 's Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, to send a delegation of Russian government officials to the U.S.

The Kentucky Republican said after meeting with members of the foreign affairs committee for Russia's upper house of parliament that he invited them to come to the USA capital.

The chairman of the Russian global relations committee, Konstantin Kosachev, thanked Paul and said he hoped the meetings could happen before the end of the year. "[Monday], I met with Chairman Kosachev, and we agreed on the importance of continued dialogue".

Paul also took some time to meet with Americans posted at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow during his swing through the Russian capital.

The "main aim of the trip" was to "create a dialogue" and "improve relations" between Moscow and Washington, Paul added.

Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers back in Washington quickly pointed out in tweets and formal statements that Russian Federation is not a friend of the US and that the president should not accept Putin's word as bond on matters of USA national security.

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US President Donald Trump has come under fire for failing to challenge Vladimir Putin over election meddling at their summit in Helsinki last month. "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", he said. Paul was one of the few Republicans who defended the president in the resulting backlash.

Kosachev said the visit is especially valuable as some USA representatives are attempting to treat all contacts with Russian politicians as toxic ones.

Trump has invited Putin to D.C.as well.

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

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

"We had general discussions about a lot of issues", Paul responded.

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