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Rand Invites Russian Delegation to Capitol Hill

08 August 2018

Paul appeared to defend the Russian's denial of election interference after President Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki last month.

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

Shelby's delegation said it had come with the similar goal of reviving communications with Russia, but had also delivered a warning to the Russians not to interfere in the USA mid-terms this November.

Paul is also expected to meet with Russian deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov and State Duma Foreign Affairs committee head Leonid Slutsky during his visit, and plans to continue speaking on Tuesday.

Eight prominent USA intelligence groups, including the CIA, FBI, NSA, Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security, independently concluded that Russian Federation did meddle in the 2016 elections.

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The Kentucky senator is taking part in Monday meetings with members of the parliament and senior officials.

Background: A group of US lawmakers led by Sen.

In the days after the summit, Paul called the criticism partisan and overblown, saying it was too unsafe not to seek dialogue when relations were so tense. "It does not mean we don't have differences".

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

"I think this is incredibly important", the United States lawmaker was quoted as saying in translated comments by Interfax news agency.

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Senator Rand Paul, one of President Trump's more eager defenders on Russian Federation, jetted into Moscow on Monday in a bid to increase engagement with the country. Additionally, the continued consensus of the U.S. intelligence community of a Russian desire to interfere in the midterms shows that Moscow remains a long-term risk to the USA political system. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters earlier in the week that he wanted "a sanctions bill from hell".

Kosachev said members of his committee are "ready to discuss this question in a reasoned manner" with USA counterparts.

Paul added, "your biggest issue right now there is no dialogue, issues that we can't even have discussion about because we have no dialogue".

"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.

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Rand Invites Russian Delegation to Capitol Hill