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Russia Denies Visa to U.S. Senator Amid G7 Worries

Democratic U.S. Senator Chris Murphy stated on Tuesday that Russia had denied him a visa, amid debate over Washington and one of U.S. allies over whether the nation ought to be readmitted into the group of Seven.

U.S. President Donald Trump stated it would be suitable to allow Russia come back to the G7 group of advanced countries, telling colleagues that former Democratic President Barack Obama had desired Russia from what was the G8, but he believed it was”more suitable” to incorporate the nation.

Additional G7 nations have collaborated.

Murphy, a part of the Foreign Relations Committee, said he’d planned to go to Russia as a member of an impending congressional delegation involving Democrats and Republicans.

“With the collapse of current arms control arrangements and significant domestic resistance to Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian rule, that is possibly a dangerous moment for both countries’ delicate connection, and it is a pity that Russia is not interested in dialog,” Murphy said in a statement.

Russia repeatedly has denied visas to U.S. lawmakers lately, in particular, those people who have pushed for sanctions against Moscow over its aggression towards Ukraine and hindrance from U.S. elections.

Separately, several senior Democratic senators said on Tuesday they’d composed to Trump expressing strong resistance to readmitting Russia into the G7, citing its invasion of Ukraine’s Crimea.