Inga Yumasheva, a member of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Relations and Republican Ron Johnson, chairman of the subcommittee of the US Senate for Europe and cooperation on regional security, discussed in Washington the issues of development of the inter-parliamentary dialogue between the two countries.
“In continuation of the dialogue that took place on July 3 in Moscow during the visit of the delegation of American congressmen to the State Duma, in Washington I met with Senator Ron Johnson. They exchanged views on the current state of Russian-American relations, “Yumashev said in a conversation with RIA Novosti.
“We once again became convinced that our positions diverge on many topics, but we still unite the understanding of the need for an inter-parliamentary dialogue,” the deputy added.
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.
Recently, Russian and US parliamentarians have begun to restore contacts that have not been maintained in recent years due to the aggravation of relations between the two countries. Thus, in early July, a meeting of the Russian and US parliamentarians “on the sidelines” of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly was held. Another American parliamentary delegation visited the Russian Federation and met with colleagues from the State Duma and the Federation Council, and was also received by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. This was the first visit of a delegation of American parliamentarians, especially such a representative, to Russia in 2013.
Next week, Republican Senator Rand Paul is expected to visit Moscow, with whom Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov plans to meet.