Democrat Chris Murphy Becomes Second Senator Denied Russian Visa

Elias Hubbard
August 29, 2019

Another U.S. lawmaker is claiming he was denied a visa to enter Russian Federation for an upcoming bipartisan delegation trip.

Johnson is on Russia's "stop list" barring certain foreign nationals from visiting the country, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday in a statement to Sputnik, a pro-Putin global news network run by the Russian government-owned news agency Rossiya Segodnya. A Senate staffer familiar with the trip said Murphy is now going to Germany and will then be joined by Johnson for stops in Kosovo, Serbia and Ukraine.

After blasting Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia's military moves against Ukraine, and other issues, Johnson said, "Eventually, a new generation of leaders will emerge in Russia".

Neither Murphy nor Johnson, who chairs the Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, said when the planned bipartisan trip to Russian Federation was scheduled to take place, or whether other lawmakers had been granted visas. "I've been pretty upfront that the election interference - as serious as that was, and unacceptable - is not the greatest threat to our democracy", he told the Washington Examiner.

In December 2017, the Kremlin barred Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican, said on Monday that his visa request had been denied, which he called "a petty affront". Shaheen was an outspoken critic of Russia's election meddling.

Johnson, who also sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and chairs the panel's subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, revealed Monday that Russian Federation denied his visa application.

Word of the ban comes just hours after President Trump blamed President Obama, rather than Russian President Vladimir Putin, for Russia's annexation of Ukraine, and urged Russia be brought back into what used to be the G8 group. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, was denied.

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat, speaking here during a news conference on health care April 30, in Washington, also said Russian Federation denied him a visa on Tuesday. Trump said he might invite Putin to a US -based summit next year even though it will fall months before Election Day.

"The path Vladimir Putin has chosen for Russian Federation is a tragedy of historic proportions", Johnson said.

"We have always been calling on the United States to remove lawmakers from any travel restrictions as a first step towards abolition of 'blacklists, '" the Russian Embassy in the USA said in a statement on Twitter on Tuesday.

'It was very embarrassing to him. He was outsmarted by Putin. During the G-7 this past weekend, Trump repeatedly argued that Russian Federation was only expelled because Putin "outsmarted" former President Barack Obama and that Russian Federation should be readmitted.

Trump did not say Russia's own conduct was to blame. That was not a good thing. It could have been stopped with the right - whatever.

Trump said it would be better to have Russian Federation "inside" than outside the tent.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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