US Senator Republican Rand Paul said that during his visit to Moscow, he delivered a letter from President Donald Trump to Russian authorities.
“I was honored to deliver a letter from President Trump to President Vladimir Putin’s administration. 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.
In connection with this, the White House press secretary Hogan Gidley stated that, at the request of Senator Paul, President Trump provided a letter of recommendation. In the letter, the president listed the topics that Senator Paul wanted to discuss with President Putin, reports the American press secretary.
Paul stated that he went to the Russian capital to promote diplomatic efforts amidst tension between the two countries. On Monday, he held talks with members of the Russian parliament, promised to block new sanctions against Russia and invited Russian MP’s to come to Washington.
The US intelligence concluded that Russia interfered with the presidential election of 2016 in an attempt to help Trump win. Moscow vehemently denies these accusations. In addition, relations between the two countries are further complicated by disagreements over Syria and Ukraine.
After the summit in Helsinki in July, Trump invited Putin to Washington, and Putin in return invited Trump to Moscow, but so far, no new meetings have been scheduled. The White House states that Putin’s visit to Washington is postponed until 2019, presumably by that time, special prosecutor Muller’s investigation into Russian interference in the election will be concluded.
In the US, Trump’s behavior during the summit was sharply criticized. During the joint press conference, Putin admitted that he wanted Trump’s victory, because he wanted to mend the relationship with Moscow.
Later, Trump corrected his statement and said that Russia had interfered in the elections, however, continued to refute the allegations that Moscow helped him to win.