Ky. Sen. Rand Paul invites Russian lawmakers to Washington

Rand Paul invites Russian lawmakers to visit US

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said Monday that he secured an agreement from Konstantin Kosachev, the 's Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, to send a delegation of Russian government officials to the U.S. 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.

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

He said he saw the current trip by U.S. senators to Moscow as "especially valuable when other American politicians are making efforts to portray any contact with Russian politicians as toxic".

Members of the Russian Federation plan to visit the U.S. Capitol for the first time in nearly three years, at the invitation of Sen.

If the Russian Federation accepts the invite, it would be their first trip to Capitol Hill in three years.

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"The people who keep afloat this theory of conspiracy against the American democracy think that it is better for them to work in a unilateral key, using a monologue and unfounded accusations against Russia", Kosachev said, according to Russia's state-run RT news service.

Paul has become one of the few defenders of President Donald Trump's controversial summit meeting with Russia's president Vladimir Putin in Finland last month. "We will continue our conversation with our American counterparts tomorrow on these and other most likely regional issues of the worldwide agenda", Slutsky said, according to Russian state media. 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.

"We all do it", he said in July about foreign election influence operations.

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

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

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