Perry to visit Moscow: Russian media

Perry to visit Moscow: Russian media
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U.S. Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryThe 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 Live coverage: Trump delivers 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 TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery 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 PaulBusiness, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration On The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week 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.