U.S., Russian parliaments must establish partnership

Leader of United Russia's Duma faction Andrei Vorobyov has said that he is satisfied with the results of a meeting with U.S. counterparts, a delegation from the U.S. House of Representatives.

The meeting took place at the State Duma on Wednesday. The Russian attendees included the United Russia faction leader and heads of several parliamentary committees; the U.S. delegation was led by Kevin McCarthy, deputy leader of the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

"We have received exhaustive answers to our questions," Vorobyov told reporters, summing up the meeting results. Such meetings should become regular and focus on most important issues affecting the interests of the two countries, as well as other significant issues, he said, adding that such meetings should be held both in Russia and the United States.

Regretfully, there has not been such regular contacts for some time, he said. However, it is symbolical that today's meeting is being held exactly on the U.S. Independent Day, the faction leader said.

"The dialogue must touch on various spheres: economic cooperation, environmental protection, fighting international terrorism, fighting cyber crime," said another United Russia member Sergei Zheleznyak, who is State Duma Deputy Speaker.

Today's global threats cannot be addressed by one country alone, he said. "We establish partnership today and maintain a long-term cooperation," said Zheleznyak, stressing the importance of "a credible dialogue."

The two parliaments certainly should strengthen their relations, including those among parliamentary majority members, McCarthy said.

We would like to create a solid relationship with you and work together, especially on the economy, which is important not only now but also in the future, said the head of the U.S. delegation.

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