Sen. Rand Paul: Russian lawmakers agree to visit U.S.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and United States senator Rand Paul discussed bilateral relations and arms control issues on Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Senator Paul will meet with his counterparts from the Russian Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee and the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov.

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

The senator announced his planned trip just hours after President Trump concluded a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, where Trump cast doubt on the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. Paul added that Russian and US lawmakers could also meet in a neutral country.

Paul's trip comes amid fresh anxiety in Congress over warnings from USA intelligence that Russian Federation is seeking to influence the midterm elections using similar tactics, such as social media campaigns, as in 2016.

Paul led a small delegation of Americans in a meeting at the Federation Council, Russia's equivalent of the U.S. Senate, with senators from the global relations committee. "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", he said.

Sen. Paul said he visited to show Russians that there are "many Americans who want to have diplomacy, that want to have engagement".

Paul, however, has stood by Trump, despite his remarks in Helsinki.

Kosachev said the visit is especially valuable as some USA representatives are attempting to treat all contacts with Russian politicians as toxic ones.

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

Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview in July that America the world "will be better" off as a result of the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki.

"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".

It was "opposition research", Trump said, not collusion.

  • Rogelio Becker