6 for an unofficial visit with Russian lawmakers, whom he invited to visit Washington, The Washington Post reported. While there, Paul met with a group of Russian senators, members of parliament, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and Russian Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Konstantin Kosachev.
Kosachev said that while no plans have been finalized, "certain specific subjects in the development of this co-operation" had been addressed during Paul's visit, adding that he hoped a meeting between the Senate and the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs could be held before the end of the year.
US Senator Rand Paul will today become the latest member of Congress to travel to Russian Federation as part of President Trump's efforts to reengage with Moscow. Paul added that Russian and US lawmakers could also meet in a neutral country.
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At the beginning of July, a group of United States senators met with Russian officials ahead of the Helsinki summit between Trump and Putin. Paul has been one of Trump's most outspoken supporters following the criticism Trump faced - including from some within his own party - for the US President's handling of his meeting with Putin in July.
Background: A group of US lawmakers led by Sen.
Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers back in Washington quickly pointed out in tweets and formal statements that Russian Federation is not a friend of the US and that the president should not accept Putin's word as bond on matters of USA national security.
And Paul is the only Republican lawmaker to stand by Trump during that controversy.More news: China places tariffs on another $16B worth of United States goods
"The hatred of the president is so intense that partisans would rather risk war than give diplomacy a chance", Paul said in a long defense of Trump on the Senate floor, days after the summit.
"We had general discussions about a lot of issues", Paul responded.
"They use the anti-Russian campaign purely for internal American purposes, the interests of the same elections campaign they are charging us with meddling in", Kosachev said.
Russian media also quoted Paul as saying that he invited members of the committee to Washington for talks.More news: Japan marks 73rd anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing amid Korea denuclearization hopes