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US senators, on Moscow trip, invite Russian lawmakers to Washington

AFP  |  Moscow 

A group of US senators, on a visit to today, said they have invited Russian lawmakers to later this year in a bid to help ease tensions between the two countries.

On the second trip by US politicians to the Russian capital in just over a month, the delegation is this time being led by high-profile

Paul said that members of the of the upper house of the Russian parliament, the Federation Council, had been invited "to come to the to meet with us in "

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

The "main aim of the trip" was to "create a dialogue" and "improve relations" between and Washington, Paul added.

US has come under fire for failing to challenge over election meddling at their summit in last month. And Paul is the only to stand by Trump during that controversy.

The of the Federation Council's foreign affairs committee, Konstantin Kosachev, suggested that a meeting in might take place "as early as during the fall session, that is, before the end of this year".

He said he saw the current trip by US senators to as "especially valuable when other American politicians are making efforts to portray any contact with Russian politicians as toxic".

Kosachev dismissed new accusations that had meddled in US elections.

"There was no meddling in 2016. Certainly it will not happen during the ongoing election campaign either," he said.

later met with Russia's

"During a conversation the two sides exchanged views on current issues of bilateral relations, as well as some aspects of arms control," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

It added that "special attention was given to the possibility of developing inter-parliamentary contacts".

At the beginning of July, a group of US senators met with Russian officials ahead of the summit between Trump and Putin. They also met with

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First Published: Mon, August 06 2018. 22:35 IST