Senator Rand Paul Delivers Letter From Trump To Putin

Senator Rand Paul Delivers Letter From Trump To Putin

On July 16, Russian President Vladimir Putin reiterated at a joint press conference with his USA counterpart Donald Trump that Moscow had not meddled in election processes in the United States and was ready to cooperate with Washington within a joint working group on cyber security.

Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the Kremlin has not yet examined the letter Paul presented. He says the letter emphasized the importance of working together on counter-terrorism, legislative talks and cultural exchanges.

Paul's Moscow trip, Trump said the junior senator from Kentucky "would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss several topics". The White House plans to impose sanctions over foreign interference in USA elections, The Washington Post said.

During a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month, Trump slammed the Department of Justice's Russia investigation that is looking at Russian meddling and allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. A contingent of eight Republicans spent Fourth of July in Moscow ahead of Trump's meeting with Putin, but returned to face a public backlash that they had failed to press Russian Federation on its interference in the 2016 election.

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Paul delivered the letter to representatives of Putin because the Russian leader has been away from Moscow all week.

The White House declined to comment specifically on the leak, but noted that Sen.

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

The two countries are also at odds over Syria and Ukraine. Trump's top intelligence official, Dan Coates, has said that he is in the dark about what Trump discussed with Putin in their one-on-one meeting in Helsinki. Under pressure from Congress, which a year ago passed a tough sanctions law targeting Russia, the U.S. Treasury in April imposed sanctions on Russian officials and oligarchs for election meddling and "malign" activities. A reported text of the draft bill published on Wednesday sent Russia's rouble to lows against the dollar last seen in April.

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