Sen. Rand Paul Invites Russian Lawmakers To Visit The Capitol

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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", said Paul in a statement Monday. Today, I met with Chairman Kosachev, and we agreed on the importance of continued dialogue.

Marking the second U.S. congressional delegation to Moscow in a month - Senator Richard Shelby and a group of USA lawmakers held talks with senior Russian officials in July - Paul said that part of the goal of his trip was to promote greater dialogue between Moscow and Washington. Paul added that lawmakers from the two countries could also meet in a neutral third nation.

Senator Rand Paul, one of President Trump's more eager defenders on Russian Federation, jetted into Moscow on Monday in a bid to increase engagement with the country.

Trump's Helsinki meeting was panned by a number of prominent Republican officials who said the president appeared to side with Putin over top USA intelligence officials. We are in close proximity to Russian Federation in Syria and other places. He was accompanied by Peter Goettler, Cato's president and chief executive, and Don Huffines, a Texas state senator who was chairman of Mr. Paul's presidential campaign in the state.

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Kosachev said that the meeting could happen as early as this fall.

Paul suggested he did not believe raising the issue of election interference would have been productive in his meetings with Russian officials.

Paul's trip comes after he was one of the few to defend President Donald Trump's news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month.

After the Helsinki meeting, the president invited Putin to the United States to continue their dialogue, but later indefinitely postponed the event. Republicans spoke to their foreign counterparts in July, ahead of the Helsinki summit, to discuss several issues including Russian meddling in US elections.

Sen. Paul defended Trump's meeting with Putin amid backlash from Democrats, establishment Republicans, and the mainstream media.

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