Russian ambassador hosted Washington insiders, diplomats at embassy

Russian ambassador hosted Washington insiders, diplomats at embassy
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Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak reportedly hosted Washington insiders and diplomats Monday night at the Russian Embassy.

Politico reported that Kislyak welcomed guests at the event — held in honor of Russia Day — one-by-one.

Guests during the event had the opportunity to take photos with signs that said "I love Russia" and were encouraged to post the photos on social media.

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The embassy also distributed pamphlets to attendees addressing the U.S.-Russia relationship.

"As an American, I love Russia — friend of Washington and Lincoln,” the cover read.

The top of the second page said: “As an American, I love Russia because if not for Russia, there may not have been a United States of America.”

The report comes after senators on Monday signaled they were closing in on a deal on Russia sanctions.

Lawmakers have been locked in talks for roughly a week about adding new financial penalties on Russia, limiting President Trump's ability to lift current sanctions or both. The Russia measure would be added to a separate Iran bill that is on the Senate floor. 

The Trump administration has sent mixed signals on Russia, and Trump's warmer tone on Moscow has drawn bipartisan backlash.