Rand Invites Russian Delegation to Capitol Hill

Rand Paul invites Russian lawmakers to visit US

Rand Paul invites Russian lawmakers to visit US

"Nevertheless, your position in favor of developing dialogue that equally meets the interests of the United States and Russian Federation cannot but inspire respect", Kosachev said.

Less than a month after President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian premier Vladimir Putin, Kentucky Sen.

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

"Engagement is vital to our national security and peace around the world", Paul said in a statement.

US Senator Rand Paul will today become the latest member of Congress to travel to Russian Federation as part of President Trump's efforts to reengage with Moscow.

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.

Visiting Moscow on Monday, Sen.

He also avoided answering a question about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Trump later walked back the remark and said he trusted the USA intelligence community's assessment Moscow did interfere.

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. "It does not mean we don't have differences".

Spokesmen for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., did not immediately return a request for comment on the announcement.

This week, both Democratic and Republican senators introduced a bill that would impose the harshest sanctions yet on Moscow as punishment for its USA election interference, as well as its activities in Ukraine and Syria.

"Of course, Mr. Paul is yet to discuss these ideas with his colleagues after returning to Washington", Kosachyov said.

Paul added, "your biggest issue right now there is no dialogue, issues that we can't even have discussion about because we have no dialogue".

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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