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Russian State Duma ready to received US lawmakers

October 01, 2013, 22:43 UTC+3
In early September Russian lawmakers invited U.S. Congress for a meeting to discuss the situation around Syria, but the invitation was turned down
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MOSCOW, October 1 (Itar-Tass) - The Russian State Duma lower parliament house is ready to receive U.S. lawmakers should they come to Moscow, State Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin told journalists on Tuesday.

In early September, in the heat of tensions around Syria following Washington’s statements about possible strike against that country, Russian lawmakers invited U.S. Congress for a meeting to discuss the situation around Syria. The U.S. side turned down the invitation. Earlier, Naryshkin described this rejection as “unprecedented case in the parliamentary practice.”

“There were reports that they (U.S. lawmakers) were allegedly discussing a possible visit to Russia,” he said, adding however that this information was not verified. When asked whether the State Duma was ready to receive such a delegation, Naryshkin said, “We are open for conversation, this is the strength of our position.” 

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