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Growing number of US Congressmen favour dialogue with Russia — lawmaker

October 29, 2015, 18:30 UTC+3

Russian lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev made this statement after returning from the US where he had a series of meetings with US Congressmen

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MOSCOW, October 29 /TASS/. The growing number of US congressmen wish to develop a dialogue with Russia, Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the Russian Federation Council (parliament’s upper house) Committee for International Affairs, said on Thursday.

"I would like to reconfirm that the number of colleagues in the US Senate and the House of Representatives (the two houses of the US Congress) who are ready for this dialogue and understand that its absence among lawmakers will only worsen problems that are common to our two countries is growing. I believe the direct contacts, which we have now managed to establish, will be long-term and will have a perspective," Kosachev told journalists upon his return from the United States where he had attended the annual conference of the American-Russian Business Council and had had a series of meetings with US Congressmen.

According to Kosachev, he also had a series of meetings with US Congressmen who are ready to develop contacts with Russia and are ready to work in this direction up to the recreation in the Senate of a group for ties with the Russian Federation Council.

"Naturally, in this case we are going to respond with relevant decisions," the Russian lawmaker stressed refusing to comment the details of the agreements he had reached in the United States.

"I perfectly understand that this new organization of parliamentary interaction between Russia and the United States and between the Russian Federation Council and the US Senate will arouse not only interest but obviously antagonistic reaction," Kosachev stressed.

He also added that his US colleagues with whom he had managed to find a common ground would definitely come under pressure with an aim to prevent the restoration of an inter-parliamentary dialogue between Russia and the United States.

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