The upcoming visit of Republican Senator Rand Paul to Moscow can contribute to the normalization of the atmosphere in bilateral relations, said Inga Yumasheva, a member of the Russian State Duma’s International Affairs Committee.
Earlier it was reported that the American senator will hold on Monday in Moscow meetings with representatives of the State Duma, the Federation Council and the Foreign Ministry.
“We always welcome the desire of US lawmakers to come to Moscow. We regard this as a gesture of goodwill. Moreover, Senator Paul uses the time for his small holiday. We expect that the forthcoming meetings of the senator in the State Duma, the Federation Council and the Foreign Ministry will become a source of constructive ideas and the resumption of a wide and mutually respectful dialogue, “Yumashev told RIA Novosti on a visit to Washington.
“Upon returning to Washington, Senator Paul will be able to objectively testify about the potential of Russian-American cooperation meeting the vital interests of ordinary citizens on both sides of the ocean. And then the anti-Russian rhetoric that I hear right now, being in the American capital, will weaken and loudly sound judgments of common sense, “the deputy added.
As the head of the Duma’s international affairs committee, Leonid Slutsky, said on Friday, at the meeting with Paul the deputies expect to discuss all the key issues of the international agenda and bilateral cooperation, including the activation of the Russian-US interparliamentary dialogue.
In addition, the Russian side intends to raise “disarmament issues, the need to maintain the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (ASMM) as the basis for the nonproliferation regime and the extension of START III, as well as the problems of inter-Korean settlement, the situation in Syria and around Iran.”
Slutsky also noted that Russian parliamentarians expect an interesting and constructive conversation with the senator, given that he is a well-known opponent of the policy of pressure carried out by the US administration.
Paul’s visit will take place against the backdrop of a vivid manifestation of such a “policy of pressure”: on Thursday a group of US senators submitted to the Senate a bill proposing new sanctions against Russia, including against the state debt of the Russian Federation. The project also provides for new sanctions against Russian politicians and businessmen.
Yumasheva is on a visit to the US, where earlier this week she participated in a conference in California on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. On the margins of the conference, she met with a member of the Committee on Armed Services of the US House of Representatives, Jimmy Panetta. Later in Washington, a Russian deputy met with Republican Senator Ron Johnson.