A U.S. congressional delegation is assembly with senior Russian officers in St. Petersburg amid preparations for a summit between the nations’ presidents.
U.S.-Russian ties have hit the bottom level in many years as a consequence of sanctions over Russian interference within the U.S. 2016 election and disagreement over Syria, Ukraine and different subjects.
St. Petersburg governor Georgy Poltavchenko informed U.S. congressmen on Monday that he hopes for a warming of ties. “We glance into the longer term with optimism and are prepared for cooperation on all fronts,” he stated.
Richard Shelby, a Republican senator from Alabama who heads the delegation, additionally known as for dialogue, based on an announcement from the governor’s workplace.
Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, wouldn’t say whether or not the congressmen would later meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.