Kremlin confirms Moscow received Donald Trump’s letter

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The White House had no immediate comment on the letter.

"I was honored to deliver a letter from President Trump to President Vladimir Putin's administration", Paul wrote.

Lists and research. If the bill is submitted in its current form and adopted, the USA president would have 180 days to begin implementing its provisions; within 60 days of adoption, the White House would need to provide a new list of Russian individuals suspected of cyber-attacks against the United States; the Treasury Department would have 180 days to update its "Kremlin list" of Russian state officials and oligarchs; the director of national intelligence would be tasked with completing a "detailed report on the personal net worth and assets" of Vladimir Putin and his family; and the State Department would have 90 days to determine whether Russia should be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism.

The White House later clarified that it was written as a means of introduction for the senator, who wanted to meet with Mr. Putin.

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Paul was an enthusiastic supporter of Trump's decision to meet with Putin in the first place, writing that "dialogue is especially important when hundreds of millions of lives are at stake, as is the case in relations between the United States and nuclear-armed Russian Federation".

According to Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov confirmed that the letter was sent to Putin "through diplomatic channels", but the Kremlin has not yet reviewed it.

Paul, one of the few Republicans to defend Trump's much-maligned performance at a July 16 news conference with Putin in Helsinki, said he had traveled to Moscow to encourage diplomacy.

Paul said Trump was right to talk to USA adversaries and called the criticism directed at Trump a reflection of "how unhinged people are in their hatred for the president". But Peskov said the Kremlin had not familiarized itself with the contents.

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Paul, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has continued to meet with Russian officials in Moscow this week along with visiting the US embassy. In a joint news conference with Trump, Putin said he did want Trump to win because then-candidate Trump had said he wanted to improve U.S.

Paul later announced his own trip to Russian Federation, saying that he hoped to better relations between the two countries.

Paul (R-Ky.) never secured a meeting with the Russian president.

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