Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Sen. Rand Paul, in Moscow, invites Russian lawmakers to Washington

Sen. Rand Paul, in Moscow, invites Russian lawmakers to Washington

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), emboldened by his meeting with a Russian delegation in Moscow Monday, announced that he has invited members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Russia to Washington.

"Engagement is vital to our national security and peace around the world", he said.

"We've also agreed, if it can be arranged, to meet as well in a neutral country with all of our committees", Paul said.

He said he saw the current trip by United States senators to Moscow as "especially valuable when other American politicians are making efforts to portray any contact with Russian politicians as toxic". The panel is the Russian counterpart to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The Republican senator and ally of US President Donald Trump said he had travelled to the Russian capital to encourage diplomacy amid tense relations between Moscow and Washington.

During Monday's meeting, Paul reportedly invited Russian lawmakers to meet with more members of the U.S. Congress.

And Paul is the only Republican lawmaker to stand by Trump during that controversy. The senator's trip follows Trump's controversial Helsinki summit with Putin last month, which he strongly endorsed.

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With Putin by his side, Trump questioned US intelligence findings that Russians had meddled in elections and called investigations into the matter a "disaster for our country".

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign, after the USA intelligence community concluded that Putin ordered efforts to undermine Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and aid Trump.

Mr. Paul's press released noted that nuclear proliferation and terrorism will be among the issues the global leaders discuss.

Trump has invited Putin to well.

"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".

Trump has repeatedly said he wants to improve relations with Russian Federation, which are severely strained.

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