Second senator denied visa to enter Russia

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens Lawmakers spar over upcoming Sondland testimony Johnson: Whistleblower 'exposed things that didn't need to be exposed' MORE (D-Conn.) said Tuesday that the Russian government denied him a visa to enter the country, making him at least the second senator to be denied a visa this week.

Murphy, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement that he had been planning to visit the country as part of an upcoming bipartisan congressional delegation.

“Unfortunately, the Russian government is further isolating their country by blocking our visit and several others in recent months," Murphy said.

"With the collapse of recent arms control agreements and significant domestic opposition to Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinPutin is making a move while America is distracted 'Old World' demons are stirring again Former US envoy Samantha Power: Trump finding 'new ways to compensate Putin for election interference' MORE’s authoritarian rule, this is potentially a perilous moment for our two nations’ fragile relationship, and it’s a shame that Russia isn’t interested in dialogue,” he added.

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Murphy said that because the countries have the "world’s two largest nuclear arsenals with the capacity to destroy each other many times over" they also have a "responsibility to keep the world safe and prevent conflict between the U.S. and Russia."

The Russian Embassy in a tweeted statement called Murphy's assertion that it was isolating itself "nonsense."

"If U.S. legislators favored development of equal inter-parliamentary dialogue with Russia, they would have long hosted their colleagues from the Federation Assembly of the Russian federation on the Capitol Hill," the statement said.

 

Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens Former Bush aide defends Vindman, criticizes GOP congressmen for 'defaming' him Bipartisan senators urge national security adviser to appoint 5G coordinator MORE (R-Wis.), who is also on the Foreign Relations Committee, said on Monday that Russia had also denied his visa request to go to the country as part of a congressional delegation.

"I had hoped direct dialogue with Russian parliamentarians could help set the stage for better future relations between our two nations," Johnson said in a statement. "Unfortunately, Russian officials continue to play diplomatic games with this sincere effort and have denied me entrance to Russia."

Russia has criticized and denied entry to U.S. lawmakers before. Johnson and Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoCentrist Democrats seize on state election wins to rail against Warren's agenda Eleven GOP senators sign open letter backing Sessions's comeback bid GOP senators discuss impeachment with Trump after House vote MORE (R-Wyo.) moved in late 2017 to scrap a trip to Russia after they said Moscow denied a visa for fellow Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenProgressive group to spend as much as M to turn out young voters On The Money: US paid record .1B in tariffs in September | Dems ramp up oversight of 'opportunity zones' | Judge hints at letting House lawsuit over Trump tax returns proceed Overnight Energy: EPA watchdog slams agency chief after deputy fails to cooperate in probe | Justices wrestle with reach of Clean Water Act | Bipartisan Senate climate caucus grows MORE (D-N.H.).