Sen. Rand Paul says he delivered Trump letter to Putin

Rand Paul delivers Putin letter from Trump

Anna Moneymaker

Trump wants to ease tensions between the former Cold War foes and has been solicitous of the Russian strongman despite the U.S. intelligence community's unanimous conclusion that the Kremlin meddled in the 2016 USA election and was also targeting the upcoming midterms.

The effort comes as the White House attempts to project a unified response to foreign interference campaigns, even as the president himself has wavered on whether he believes Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election, and whether it will do so in future elections.

Paul is on a trip to Russian Federation this week he has said is aimed at boosting engagement with the USA adversary. "The letter emphasized the importance of further engagement in various areas including countering terrorism, enhancing legislative dialogue and resuming cultural exchanges", Paul wrote on Twitter.

Paul's trip to Russia comes just weeks after Republican lawmakers traveled to Moscow for meetings with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, including members of the Russian Parliament.

The White House later released its own statement underscoring that the letter was "introductory" and written at the request of Paul.

But Peskov said the Kremlin had not familiarized itself with the contents.

Paul remained supportive of Trump following the US President's performance during a news conference with Putin in July.

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London and its allies have accused Moscow of trying to kill the Skripals and says the two cases are likely linked. Police officers stand on duty outside Sergei Skripal's home in Salisbury, Britain, July 19, 2018.

Last week, Trump's national security team said Russian Federation is behind "pervasive" attempts to interfere in the November midterm elections, rejecting denials that Putin made directly to Trump.

He also held talks in Moscow with parliamentarians and pledged to block new sanctions against Russian Federation.

Earlier this week Paul announced that he had secured an agreement with his Russian counterparts for Russian legislators to visit the USA and "continue dialogue on vital issues such as nuclear non-proliferation and combating terrorism".

Trump's efforts to improve ties with Russian Federation have not yielded significant results.

The meeting last month was also attended by the Russian Foreign Ministry and a USA delegation led by Thomas Pickering, former Undersecretary of State.

Congressman Massie suggested in an interview with Breitbart News that America and the world will benefit from the increased dialogue between the two countries. Trump's top intelligence official, Dan Coates, has said he is still in the dark about what Trump discussed with Putin in their tête-à-tête in Finland.

A reported text of the draft bill published Wednesday sent Russia's ruble to lows against the dollar last seen in April.

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