Rand Paul, in Moscow, invites Russian lawmakers to Washington

Rand Paul invites Russian lawmakers to visit US

Greg Nash

Literally within 24 hours of President Trump tweeting out an admission that his campaign attempted to conspire with agents of a hostile foreign government in an effort to 'get information on an opponent, ' Kentucky Senator Rand Paul invited a delegation of Russians to Washington.

In a meeting at Russia's upper house of parliament, Paul also invited Russian lawmakers to meet with members of Congress, in Washington or elsewhere, Interfax news agency cited him as saying.

The Republican senator and ally of U.S. President Donald Trump said he had traveled to the Russian capital to encourage diplomacy amid tense relations between Moscow and Washington. I think this is incredibly important.

Rand Paul later met with Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov.

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

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The invitation comes at a time of heightened tensions between the USA and Moscow, with lawmakers pushing legislation that would levy additional sanctions on Russian Federation for election meddling.

"Engagement is vital to our national security and peace around the world", Paul said. Republicans spoke to their foreign counterparts in July, ahead of the Helsinki summit, to discuss several issues including Russian meddling in US elections.

The senator was one of Trump's most vocal supporters in Washington last month when the USA president came under fire for his handling of a summit with President Vladimir Putin.

Kosachev dismissed new accusations that Russian Federation had meddled in United States elections.

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

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.

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