Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

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

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

Paul says he was honored to deliver the letter from President Trump. Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting on 16 July in Helsinki gave the American leader is Donald Trump papers with a proposal to extend for five years the Treaty on the limitation of nuclear arsenals.

The FBI and the intelligence committees of the US Senate and House of Representatives have been pursuing a probe into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Paul, who is in Russia this week for meetings with top Russian officials, has emerged as a key ally for Trump in his campaign for warmer relations with Moscow. Paul said he had invited them to Washington.

The White house declined to comment on Politico this information or refutation of the fact that trump received any such documents.

The White House told Fox News that Paul asked Trump to write a letter of introduction to the Russian leader.

Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the Kremlin has not yet examined the letter Paul presented.

Trump sparked outrage by largely accepting Putin's word over that of his intelligence agencies at the Helsinki news conference.

The document sheds light on the relationship between the U.S. and Russian Federation, pointing to a continuation of disarmament dialogue that has been going on for several decades.

Details in the single page agenda for the meeting shows Mr Putin remains interested in maintaining continued cooperation with the United States on nuclear weapons. "He is interested in legislative exchanges, parliamentary dialogue and cultural and educational exchange programs, increased counter-terrorism cooperation, building on recent successes like the disruption of the St. Petersburg plot and resolution of the military conflicts in Syria and Ukraine". 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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