Perry to visit Moscow: Russian media

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry 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 Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, is slated to visit between Sept. 11-13, the news service reported.

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 Paul (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.

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