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"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.

Trump appeared to accept Putin's denials about election interference during a news conference with the Russian president last month.

Senate group seeks new Russia sanctions MORE (R-Ky.) said Monday that a delegation of Russian lawmakers will visit Washington, D.C., after he extended the invitation during a visit to Moscow.

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.

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

During Monday's meeting, Paul reportedly invited Russian lawmakers to meet with more members of the U.S. Congress.

"Senator Rand Paul is visiting Russian Federation as part of a private group, " said a representative of the US Embassy in Moscow.

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The U.S. visit will be the first in three years for the.

And Paul is the only Republican lawmaker to stand by Trump during that controversy.

There is unanimous agreement among US intelligence agencies that the Russian government directed extensive influence operations to sow racial, political, and cultural division in the election. 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 U.S. political system.

He was one of the very few on Capitol Hill to defend Trump after the Helsinki summit.

"Those who believe in either country that we should not have diplomacy are greatly mistaken", he said. "It does not mean we don't have differences".

This week, both Democratic and Republican senators introduced a bill that would impose the harshest sanctions yet on Moscow as punishment for its US election interference, as well as its activities in Ukraine and Syria.

When asked by CNN whether the issue of Russian interference came up, Paul said he had "general discussions about a lot of issues".