The head of the Russian Foreign Affairs Committee praised the Republican, saying other politicians would refer to talks with Russia as "toxic". Our conversation further encouraged me that open dialogue between our two nations does not have to be a thing of the past.
Senator Paul will meet with his counterparts from the Russian Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee and the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov.
The information could not be immediately confirmed by us officials. Kosachev said a preliminary agenda had already been agreed upon, which would focus on arms control, improving economic ties and establishing better contacts on terrorism and cyber-security. He was accompanied by Peter Goettler, Cato's president and chief executive, and Don Huffines, a Texas state senator who was chairman of Mr. Paul's presidential campaign in the state.
Background: A group of USA lawmakers led by Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama that traveled to Moscow around July 4.
The Kentucky Republican and 2016 presidential hopeful flew to Moscow this week to lead a legislative delegation in support of President Donald Trump's diplomatic outreach to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump was criticized after the summit with Putin for supporting the Russian leader's denial Moscow was involved in meddling in the 2016 USA election.
In the days after the summit, Paul called the criticism partisan and overblown, saying it was too risky not to seek dialogue when relations were so tense.
It was "opposition research", Trump said, not collusion.
In Moscow, he made a similar case for engagement.
"Those who believe in either country that we should not have diplomacy are greatly mistaken", he said.
"It does not mean that we have no differences, it does not mean that we will not, on occasion, have discussions back and forth where we disagree". I think this is incredibly important.
If the Russian Federation accepts the invite, it would be their first trip to Capitol Hill in three years. Trump later walked back the remark and said he trusted the USA intelligence community's assessment Moscow did interfere.
Kosachev said members of his committee are "ready to discuss this question in a reasoned manner" with U.S. counterparts. "The biggest issue right now is no dialogue".