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Republican sen Ron Johnson said on Monday, the Russian government has denied his request for a visa to visit the country, a bipartisan congressional delegation trip as part of, as he ripped into Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Johnson, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that he had planned to speak with Russian government representatives, American companies and civil society organisations during the visit.
“Unfortunately, the Russian government has to continue to play diplomatic games with this sincere effort, and have told me that entrance is denied to Russia,” Johnson, a Wisconsin senator, in a statement. “Regardless of this petty insult, and I will continue for a strong and decisive response to the Russian aggression — and-frank-dialogue, if possible.”
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Johnson, the Chairman of the Board Subcommittee on Europe and Regional security, and cooperation, not say when the trip was planned to take place, or whether other legislators granted a Visa. But he has no sheet before the mouth, when it was a question to Putin: “The way that Vladimir Putin is a tragedy of historic proportions has chosen for Russia. Instead, the holding of free and fair elections, respect for the rule of law and the Integration of Russia’s economy with the Western democracies, Putin is Georgia has attacked, tried to illegally Annex the Crimea, led the war in the East of Ukraine, where thousands have died, and supports a barbaric regime in Syria has used chemical weapons against his own people in a war that has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands.”
Johnson’s office, in announcing the visa refusal, listed tough stance against Russia by the senator.
“Senator Johnson has led and supported a number of laws aimed at keeping Russia the responsibility for its aggression in Ukraine and its focus on dissidents,” his office said. “Last Congress, Senator Johnson was one of the main sponsors of the legislation renaming the street in front of the Russian Embassy in Washington, after members of the opposition, Boris Nemtsov, was murdered, because in the year 2015.”
His office also said, “In the last Congress and the current Congress, Senator Johnson has led the Senate resolutions for a robust response to Russia’s aggression in the Strait of Kerch in November of 2018, as well as sanctions in connection with the Nord Stream-2 pipeline.”
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Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.