Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

United States congressmen meet Russian officials in St. Petersburg

United States congressmen meet Russian officials in St. Petersburg

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin talk during a break in a session of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam, November 11, 2017.

Kay Bailey Hutchison, the US Representative to NATO said the major theme of the NATO summit would be the trans-Atlantic alliance's "strength and unity".

Relations between Russia and the US have sunk to their lowest point since the Cold War times over the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Peskov was referring to the July 16 Trump-Putin Summit in Helsinki, TASS reported.

Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov told a delegation of USA lawmakers he hoped their visit to Moscow would help restore relations between the two legislatures, Interfax news agency reported. The European Union extended economic sanctions against Russian Federation expiring at the turn of July by six months, press service of the EU Council said on Thursday. On two occasions, Trump has restated Putin's claim that he denies interfering, although the Intelligence Community and the Senate Intelligence Committee each disagree.

Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on the conclusion of the USA intelligence community that Russian Federation meddled in the election and has dismissed the investigation into potential collusion with members of his campaign as a "witch hunt" meant to delegitimise his presidency.

U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., left, Sen. And we don't want anybody tampering with elections.

Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran said the Russian officials denied it, which raises doubts about how much was accomplished through the exchange.

'You need to go in with eyes wide open, ' he said.

Just last week, he trumpeted a Putin talking point, tweeting: "Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!"

Britain is already spending more than 2 per cent.

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