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Leonid Slutsky: “Despite complexity of the situation, we should not interrupt contacts with our colleagues”

Unfortunately, we are now at the lowest point of the trajectory of our relations with the United States for the entire period of their existence. In my opinion, the two largest nuclear powers do not have the right to have such a low level of mutual dialogue. Although all this continues to be pumped from Washington. The flywheel launched by the administration of former US President Barack Obama is spinning even faster under the current president, Donald Trump. Things get heated on insignificant occasions. That is what we have to eradicate.

So far, unfortunately, it continues to rule the minds of our colleagues in both houses of the US Congress. But we are for further contact and communication. If this cannot be done within the framework of the parliamentary dialogue, we must continue to meet within the framework of the OSCE PA, hold joint conferences, forums, seminars, including with the academic community. Therefore, in 2019 we plan to strengthen work with universities, foundations, large expert platforms and international affairs councils that exist in many states.

This year, as you remember, members of the US parliament also visited Russia. But the visits of US congressmen and senators are few and their attitude towards Russia remains very critical . One of the few who advocates the resumption of inter-parliamentary contacts with Russia is Senator Rand Paul. In this regard we also focus on university and research sites in building relationships.
For the attention of the media, a similar seminar with the scientific community will be held in March-April, where, as we expect, parliamentarians from the United States will take part.

I am absolutely convinced that despite complexity of the situation, we should not interrupt contacts with our colleagues. We understand that the traditional, conservative, religious, one-story America supported Trump, among other things, because he talked about stopping the construction of a unipolar world and the need to interact with all partners.

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