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MOSCOW, August 2. /TASS/. The joint meeting of the foreign affairs committees of Russia’s Federation Council (upper house of parliament) and US Congress could be held after the presidential election in the United States in November, head of the Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev has told TASS.
"I can see that US senators are interested in this kind of contacts, and this interest exists on a bipartisan basis," Kosachev said. "Representatives of both the Republican and Democratic parties have tentatively agreed to take part in this meeting. Now everything depends on setting the date that would be convenient for both sides. I think it will take place in the autumn, maybe, after the November (presidential) election (in the US - TASS)."
The senator added that a preliminary agreement on the two committees’ meeting had already been reached, but the American side did not confirm its participation in it. "We even agreed that it will be held in a third country so that the so-called black lists that exist on both sides did not interfere with our plans."
"Our American colleagues have not yet confirmed this meeting that we thought would be held in the summer, citing the need to devote themselves entirely to the election campaign," Kosachev said, adding that he would not like to see any political implications in this.