Senator Paul Meets with Former President Gorbachev

Senator Paul Meets with Former President Gorbachev

Tuesday, U.S. Senator Rand Paul continued his efforts to decrease escalating tensions between the United States and Russian Federation by meeting with former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev to discuss how to improve relations.

Paul also met representatives of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, led by the committee's chairman Leonid Slutsky.

"Engagement is vital to our national security and peace around the world", he said.

Among the Russian senators sitting across from Paul was Moscow's former ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, whose meetings with members of the Trump campaign provoked uproar in 2016.

Paul also took some time to meet with Americans posted at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow during his swing through the Russian capital.

Paul's trip comes amid fresh anxiety in Congress over warnings from US intelligence that Russian Federation is seeking to influence the midterm elections using similar tactics, such as social media campaigns, as in 2016.

America and Russian initiated diplomatic talks their diplomatic talks since President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, in July.

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Paul headed a USA delegation, which includes member of the Texas State Senate Don Huffines and representatives of the Cato Institute, a public policy research organization. Republicans spoke to their foreign counterparts in July, ahead of the Helsinki summit, to discuss several issues including Russian meddling in USA elections.

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

After the Helsinki meeting, the president invited Putin to the United States to continue their dialogue, but later indefinitely postponed the event.

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

Paul said that Russian officials would discuss nuclear non-proliferation and combatting terrorism in Washington.

"We had general discussions about a lot of issues and basically we've decided that right now we will try to is establish a dialogue and solve issues".

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