Perry to visit Moscow: Russian media

Perry to visit Moscow: Russian media
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U.S. Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryDems open new front against Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report: State of the Union takeaways | Sights and sounds from the night | Virginia attorney general admits he wore blackface Energy Secretary Rick Perry is designated survivor for 2019 State of the Union MORE is scheduled to visit Moscow this month, Russian media reported on Sunday, according to Reuters.  

Perry, who would be the most senior U.S. official to visit Russia since President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, is slated to visit between Sept. 11-13, the news service reported.

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He will reportedly meet with his Russian counterpart Alexander Novak to discuss global oil markets, the reimposed sanctions on Iran by the U.S. and possible restrictions against Russia, according to Russian newspaper Kommersant. 

They will also reportedly discuss the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project that would carry gas from Russia to Germany across the Baltic Sea. Trump has spoken out strongly against the project. 

A delegation of GOP lawmakers visited Moscow at the beginning of July and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump escalates fight with NY Times The 10 GOP senators who may break with Trump on emergency On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 MORE (R-Ky.) led a U.S. delegation to Russia last month.  

The diplomatic meetings come amid tensions between the two countries over Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. 

Trump received widespread criticism over his performance at a summit in Helsinki with Putin in July, during which he downplayed Russian interference in U.S. elections. Though the U.S. president walked back his comments, he has continued to face scrutiny over his interest in warming relations with the Kremlin.