The International Affairs Committee of the Federation Council, from the upper chamber of Russia's parliament, has decided to cancel Russian senators' visit to the United States to attend a meeting of the Russian-American Business Council because of the existing sanctions, the Izvestia newspaper reported on Tuesday.
Citing the committee's acting chairman, Vladimir Dzhabarov, Izvestia said that such a decision had been adopted following the Russian Foreign Ministry's recommendations to refrain from such official trips.
"Inter-parliamentary relations with the U.S. have never been great. And today attempts to respond to any opportunity to suddenly say hello to Americans appear to be inappropriate after our former colleague - a senator, who today heads the state - described the Ebola virus as the world's threat no. 1, and Russia as threat no. 2," the deputy chairman of the Federation Council's International Affairs Committee, Andrei Klimov, told Izvestia.
The committee's decision cancels only official trips, but does not apply to Russian parliamentarians' private visits, Klimov said.
Russian senators may also refuse to form a working group for cooperation with the parliament of Cyprus, whose authorities, they argue, are strictly controlled by the U.S.
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