Rand Paul Secures DC Meeting With Russian Delegation

Rand Paul Secures DC Meeting With Russian Delegation

A prominent US lawmaker has said during a visit to Moscow that the United States needs to have more dialogue with Russian Federation and keep communication lines open.

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

The Kentucky senator's meeting arises just weeks after Republican legislators traveled to Moscow for meetings with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, as well as members of the Russian parliament.

On the second trip by U.S. politicians to the Russian capital in just over a month, the delegation is this time being led by high-profile Republican lawmaker senator Rand Paul.

Paul headed a US delegation, which includes member of the Texas State Senate Don Huffines and representatives of the Cato Institute, a public policy research organization. Paul has been one of Trump's most outspoken supporters following the criticism Trump faced - including from some within his own party - for the US President's handling of his meeting with Putin in July.

Senator Paul recently defended the president's meeting, citing overlapping interests for both countries.

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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.

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

The Kentucky Republican and 2016 presidential hopeful flew to Moscow this week to lead a legislative delegation in support of President Donald Trump's diplomatic outreach to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"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.

"The hatred of the president is so intense that partisans would rather risk war than give diplomacy a chance", Paul said in a long defense of Trump on the Senate floor, days after the summit.

"We had general discussions about a lot of issues and basically we've decided that right now we will try to is establish a dialogue and solve issues".

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