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US Congressman regrets Congress leaders’ refusal to meet with Russian lawmakers

September 12, 2013, 4:02 UTC+3

Dana Rohrabacher indicated that the US Administration and even President Obama personally might have had an impact on it

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WASHINGTON, September 12 (Itar-Tass) - Leaders of the US Congress made a regrettable mistake by refusing to meet with a delegation of Russian parliament for a discussion of the Syrian problem, believes Dana Rohrabacher, a Representative for California who spoke to Itar-Tass Wednesday.

He said the Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, made a terrible mistake when he did not allow a delegation of members of both houses of Russian parliament to come to the US, since the dialogue with them might have laid grounds for joint efforts on the part of Russian and US Presidents.

Along with it, Rohrabacher said he had doubts that Boehner had decided on his own not to meet with the Russian delegation. He indicated that the US Administration and even President Obama personally might have had an impact on it.

Rohrabacher made a reservation at this point, saying he did not have any immediate evidence to prove it but his intuition prompted him that Boehner had taken the decision after consultations with executive branch of power.

Russian MPs planned to go to Washington for a discussion of the Syrian problem with their US counterparts. However, House Speaker Boehner and the head of the Democratic majority I in the Senate, Harry Reid, refused to meet with them.

Reid explained for his decision by pointing out profound contradictions over Syria but the real reason for the refusal might probably be found in the unwillingness to let Russian MPs introduce dissonance in the Congressional debates on Syria.

At that moment, Obama hoped to solicit endorsement of a resolution permitting the use of military force against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

As a result, the Russian MPs refused to go to the US and expressed regret over the reluctance of Congress leaders to heed others’ arguments at the inter-parliamentary level.

Rep Roharbacher’s words prove, however, that far from everyone on the Capitol Hill supports this position.

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