Republican US senators met Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on an unusual visit to Moscow Tuesday ahead of a summit in between the nations’ presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.
The United States delegation remains in Russia until Thursday, ahead of the top planned in Helsinki on July 16, at a time of high stress in between Russia and the West.
” We recognise that the world is better off, I think, if Russia and the US have fewer stress, get along a little better, possibly put aside some distinctions,” Senator Richard Shelby stated throughout Tuesday’s conference with Lavrov at the Russian foreign ministry.
” We are competitors, however we don’t necessarily need to be foes,” said Shelby, a Republican senator from Alabama, in telecasted comments.
” We’re hoping that coming out of the Putin-Trump conference in Helsinki, it will be the start, perhaps, of a new day,” Shelby included. “We will need to wait and see.”
Lavrov, speaking in English, said he hoped that the United States senators’ see “will symbolise the resumption of relations in between the (United States and Russian) parliaments.”
” I think the resumption of discussion is going to be a very timely occasion on the eve of the forthcoming meeting between the 2 presidents,” he included.
Lavrov also congratulated the delegation on the upcoming United States Independence Day and wanted them well on hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Russia is presently hosting this year’s tournament.
The senators then met agents of the Duma, the lower home of the Russian parliament.
” I am here not to implicate Russia of anything, I am here to look for ways to improve relations,” Shelby told Russian lawmakers, according to a records released on the Duma site.
For his part, Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin invited the delegation and thanked US ambassador in Russia Jon Huntsman for the “effort of inter-parliamentary dialogue.”
The US senators are due to consult with the upper house of the Russian parliament later Tuesday.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said there was no prepare for the senators to satisfy Putin.
He stated the Kremlin was “extremely pleased” that the senators were going to Russia.
“We are encouraged that inter-parliamentary links are among the most important factors in bilateral ties,” he informed press reporters.
Moscow and Washington revealed the top date after Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton met with Putin in Moscow recently.
The head-to-head in between the US and Russian leaders will follow a fragile NATO summit in Brussels.
Trump has revealed scorn for the alliance and is expected to upbraid European NATO members for not spending enough on their own defense.
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