Thune Statement on Congressional Delegation Trip to Russia  

Thune Statement on Congressional Delegation Trip to Russia  

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, issued this statement following a congressional delegation trip to Russia, which included visits with high-level U.S. government and Russian officials:

“During our meetings, we stated in no uncertain terms that Russia must stop its meddling in our elections and that its destabilizing actions in the region are not without consequence. The delegation also stressed that Russia respect the sovereignty of Ukraine and help bring about a peaceful resolution in Syria. These discussions were direct and to-the-point. It’s now up to the Russian government to demonstrate that it will be a responsible actor on the world stage.”

During the trip, which was led by Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the delegation also made stops in Finland and Norway.


4 Replies to “Thune Statement on Congressional Delegation Trip to Russia  ”

  1. Anonymous

    Anyone want to bet trump doesn’t try to lift sanctions or at least reduce in some level? Crimeans mostly speaker Russian anyway.

  2. Anonymous

    So now that the Senate agrees that Russia meddled in the election, we’re just going to give them a stern warning not to do it again? Putin’s troll farms are still alive and well. I haven’t seen Trump denounce their meddling, probably because he was the benefactor. Guess we’ll see if Mueller can get some charges to stick.

  3. William Beal

    “There’s talk going around Resistance circles that when seven U.S. lawmakers, all Republicans, met with top Russian officials in Moscow over the Fourth of July recess, they didn’t even bring up Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. They also, according to the story, steered clear of other touchy issues like Russia’s annexation of Crimea and intervention in Ukraine…

    In the last few days, Sens. John Thune and Ron Johnson, two of the GOP lawmakers who went to Russia, talked to me about what was discussed there. Their accounts — of conversations dominated by talk of the 2016 election, plus substantial discussion of Crimea and Ukraine — differ radically from the Resistance narrative.

    First, there was a lot of discussion, some of it heated, about election interference. Both lawmakers said the Americans did not hesitate to bring up the 2016 election, and the subject took up much of their time in sessions with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Konstantin Kosachev, former Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, and other officials.”

  4. Bob J

    These guys got the account numbers to the offshore bank deposits,they are getting from Putin,there was no other safe way to get this information.


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