Senator Chris Murphy (Democrat, Connecticut) said yesterday, August 27 that the Russian Federation refused to grant him a visa to visit the country as part of a bipartisan delegation of Congress.
Their official statement Murphy published just a day after another member of the Senate Committee on foreign Affairs (Senate Foreign Relations Committee), Ron Johnson (Republican, Wisconsin) reported that Russia refused him a visa.
Recall that the President trump had previously said at a summit of the G7that Russia should allow to rejoin the “Big seven” after 2014, she was deprived of the right to participate in the summits due to the annexation of Crimea.
After that leading Democrats, including the minority leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, sent Trump a letter to Express their disagreement with the presence of Russia in the G7.
And Senator Chris Murphy, and Ron Johnson has previously criticized Russia and did it again –after the refusal of visas.
“Unfortunately, the Russian government is further isolating his country by blocking our visit and several others in recent months. With the collapse of the recent agreements on arms control and the substantial internal opposition to the authoritarian rule of Vladimir Putin, this is a potentially dangerous moment for our two countries. A fragile relationship. It is a pity that Russia is not interested in dialogue,” – said in a statement, Senator Murphy.
Johnson has accused Russia in “diplomatic games” and said that the path chosen by Putin for Russia, “a tragedy of historic proportions”.
We have long been calling on the #UnitedStates🇺🇸 to remove lawmakers from any travel restrictions as a first step towards abolition of «blacklists». #BTW the senator did not apply for a visa at our Embassy and did not inform about his plans to visit @Russia🇷🇺 https://t.co/SQLA4uvKPh pic.twitter.com/RQXBHozJg0
— Russia in USA 🇷🇺 (@RusEmbUSA) August 27, 2019
In turn, the Russian Embassy tweeted that Johnson “did not apply for a visa at our Embassy and reported about their plans.”