Sen. Rand Paul Invites Russian MPs to Washington

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A United States senator has met with Russian lawmakers in Moscow and invited them to visit the U.S.

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.

Russian foreign affairs chairman Konstantin Kosachev says that no plans on meetings have been finalized, but that he hoped such a meeting was possible to arrange before the end of the year. "I invited the Russian Federation to send a delegation to the Capitol, and they have agreed to take this important next step", Paul said.

Mr. Paul described his meeting with senators of the Federation Council as "very successful", saying that he came to Moscow "to renew diplomacy, engagement and communications with Russia". Republicans spoke to their foreign counterparts in July, ahead of the Helsinki summit, to discuss several issues including Russian meddling in US elections. Paul agreed with Konstantin Kosachev, the chairman of the Russian Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs, to send members of the Russian Federation to D.C., which will serve as the first trip from members of the federation in almost three years.

The House and Senate issued a flurry of bills and resolutions and to censure Russian Federation and remind Putin that his aggressive foreign policy actions are intolerable to US lawmakers.

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

The summit drew sharp criticism at home after Trump suggested he was inclined to believe Putin's version of events regarding the 2016 U.S. presidential election - that is, Russia's denial of meddling - over the conclusions of the USA intelligence community. "Meanwhile, my Trump-defending opponent Don Huffines chose to go on a Moscow adventure this week with Rand Paul instead, to "improve parliamentary relations" with Russian Federation".

Kosachev said the visit is especially valuable as some US representatives are attempting to treat all contacts with Russian politicians as toxic ones. "Certainly it will not happen during the ongoing election campaign either", he said.

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

Russian state media also reported that Slutsky asked Paul about Maria Butina, the Russian national charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of Russia within the US.