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.


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.