Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson says the congressional delegation is visiting the United States as part of a bipartisan delegation.
Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, has planned to
"The path Vladimir Putin has chosen for Russia is a tragedy of historic proportions. Russia's economy with western democracies, Putin has invaded Georgia, attempted to illegally annex Crimea, was conducted in eastern Ukraine where thousands have died, and supported a barbaric regime in Syria "Johnson said Monday."
"Eventually, a new generation of leaders wants to emerge in Russia. Working with Ambassador Huntsman, I had hoped to speak with Russian parliamentarians. Unfortunately, Russian officials continue to play diplomatic games with this sincere effort and have denied me entrance to Russia. Regardless of this petty affront, I will continue to advocate a strong and feisty response to Russian aggression ̵
A spokesperson for the Russian Embassy in the US did not immediately return a request for comment
Johnson was a lead sponsor for legislation in front of the Russian Embassy in Washington, DC, after dissident Boris Nemtsov, who was assassinated in 2015 on a bridge just outside the Kremlin Russia to Western Europe, called Nord Stream 2.
Russia has blocked US lawmakers entry in the past In 2017 the Kremlin denied a visa to New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Vocal Supporter of a Russia Sanctions Bill Johnson and Sen John Barrasso, who had planned to visit the country with her, canceled her planned trip. A spokesperson for the Russian Embassy in the U.S. said at the time that Shaheen, a Democrat, what on a "black list" in response to sanctions.
Johnson's statement comes after President Trump flooded the idea of Russia's readiness to become one of the world's seven largest economies, the G-7. Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.