U.S. Ambassador to have first official meeting with Russian parliamentarians

U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft will meet with acting Chairman of the Federation Council International Affairs Committee Vladimir Dzhabarov on Wednesday, according to Izvestia.

U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft will meet with acting Chairman of the Federation Council International Affairs Committee Vladimir Dzhabarov on Wednesday, according to Izvestia.

"That is interesting for me to meet the ambassador who has recently come to Russia. I believe we will exchange opinions on a broad range of issues pertaining to parliamentary cooperation. There is nothing I can add right now," Dzhabarov told the newspaper.

Sources in the parliament's upper chamber told Izvestia that the meeting had been initiated by the U.S. Embassy. The issues to be discussed are so far unknown, but Federation Council members expect the sides may speak about Russia's opinion on the elections in the Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics, the sanctions and mounting tensions in Russia-U.S. relations.

This is the first official meeting of Tefft with Russian parliament members since his appointment as the U.S. Ambassador to Russia in July 2014.

Parliamentarians knowledgeable about the Embassy's activity do not rule out that Tefft had been ordered to hold the meeting by the U.S. Congress for probing Federation Council members' opinion on a parliamentary dialogue.

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