"[Monday], I met with Chairman Kosachev, and we agreed on the importance of continued dialogue". In June, some Texas Republicans decried President Donald Trump after his meeting with Russian President Vladmir Putin, where Trump expressed doubt about the US intelligence community's consensus that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
Paul is also expected to meet with Russian deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov and State Duma Foreign Affairs committee head Leonid Slutsky during his visit, and plans to continue speaking on Tuesday.
The Kentucky Republican was in Moscow meeting with Russian officials on Monday.
The information could not be immediately confirmed by USA officials. He was accompanied by Peter Goettler, Cato's president and chief executive, and Don Huffines, a Texas state senator who was chairman of Mr. Paul's presidential campaign in the state.
The summit drew sharp criticism at home after Trump suggested he was inclined to believe Putin's version of events regarding the 2016 U.S. presidential election - that is, Russia's denial of meddling - over the conclusions of the U.S. intelligence community.More news: Israeli air strikes 'kill woman and toddler'
Trump endured days of intense bipartisan criticism for his performance at a joint press conference, where he cited Putin's "powerful" denials of Russian interference.
"Those that believe, in either country, that we should not have diplomacy are greatly mistaken", Paul said.
"It does not mean that we have no differences, it does not mean that we will not, on occasion, have discussions back and forth where we disagree".
Paul's trip comes amid fresh anxiety in Congress over warnings from US intelligence that Russian Federation is seeking to influence the midterm elections using similar tactics, such as social media campaigns, as in 2016. "All the Democrats are now happy that new sanctions are being introduced", Paul was quoted as saying by the RIA news agency. "The biggest issue right now is no dialogue".
Kosachev was less reserved, telling reporters that Russia's position was simple - there had been no Russian interference in the 2016 election "and consequently, there won't be any in this year either".