Russians block Senator GOP's visit


Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said Monday that the Russian government has refused to grant him a visa to travel to Russia as part of a larger bipartisan delegation to the US Congress.

"Regardless of this small affront, I will continue to advocate for a strong and resolute response to Russian aggression – and a frank dialogue where possible," said Johnson.

The exact reason the Wisconsin Republican was being targeted was unclear, although Johnson criticized Putin's regime on several fronts, including Russia's occupation of Crimea and other actions against Russia. Ukraine.

"The path that Vladimir Putin has chosen for Russia is a tragedy of historical proportions," Johnson said in a written statement after the rejection of his visa application.

This is not the first time that Moscow prevents US lawmakers from visiting Russia – a planned visit to Russia by a bipartisan group of senators was canceled in late 2017, after the Russian government refused a visa for Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). , Democrat, Senate Foreign Affairs Committee.

This was the second time this month that a congressman was being denied entry to another country. Last week, two Democrats prevented from going to Israel, representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

Tlaib was later approved so that she could visit her grandmother in Palestine – but the Michigan Democrat finally rejected the offer because she was asking him not to publicly criticize the Israeli government at the time. his visit.

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