U.S. Senator Paul delivers letter from Trump to Putin

U.S. Senator Paul delivers letter from Trump to Putin

U.S. Senator Paul delivers letter from Trump to Putin

A USA senator says he has delivered a letter from President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin calling for more talks and exchanges between the two countries. "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 said Trump was right to talk to US adversaries and called the criticism directed at Trump a reflection of "how unhinged people are in their hatred for the president".

The White House and Trump have separately sought to beat back criticism that the president failed to confront Putin directly on Russia's election meddling when given the chance.

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in turn that Donald Trump would be able to visit Moscow for meeting Putin upon receiving an official invitation and hoped to meet his Russian counterpart in Washington after January 1, 2019.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that a letter from Trump to Putin had been delivered by diplomatic channels, the Interfax news agency reported.

The president has called special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible ties between his campaign and Moscow a "witch hunt".

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On Monday, the Kentucky Republican invited Russian lawmakers to Washington "to continue dialogue on vital issues such as nuclear non-proliferation and combating terrorism", which comes several weeks after Trump invited Putin to DC as well. In a joint news conference with Trump, Putin said he did want Trump to win because then-candidate Trump had said he wanted to improve U.S. Businesses would also incur penalties for any participation (funding or supplying equipment or technology) in new oil projects inside Russian Federation valued above $1 million.

The relationship has also created divisions within the administration. A meeting between Paul and Putin has not happened and isn't expected to happen at the moment.

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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Paul's colleagues in the Senate from both parties introduced legislation last week to impose strict new sanctions on Russian Federation.

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