First on CNN: Russians turned down, again
September 5th, 2013
05:28 PM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: Russians turned down, again

Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has turned down a Russian request to meet with him to discuss Syria, his office tells CNN, making it unclear if any U.S. lawmakers will sit down with a planned delegation from Moscow.

This comes less than a day after House Speaker John Boehner similarly turned down a request from the Russian government to meet.

A spokesman for the Russian embassy would not comment on the declined requests. “We are still working on the visit,” Maxim Abramov told CNN.

The rebuffed requests come as President Obama is meeting with G-20 leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, in St. Petersburg. Russian leaders have been outspoken in opposition to U.S. military action in Syria and said that they planned to try to lobby against the mission by directly meeting with members of the U.S. Congress.

But so far, no U.S. lawmakers have indicated that they will meet with them when they arrive.


Filed under: Congress • Syria
soundoff (235 Responses)
  1. Dennis

    I think it is irresponsible to ignore the Russian Government on this issue. If we have the proof they have requested than share it with them and get them on board. If we are, as it seems, blowing smoke then this stand makes more sense. Stonewall and stick our collective political head in the sand. I'm beginning to doubt my government's account of just who used nerve agent and who are the real bad guys in Syria. The truth will set you free.

    September 5, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. Lilya Lopekha

    sorry to disappoint previous comments, but Harry Reed is very smart here. When AIPAC calls him with threats, he better does what Tel-Aviv tells him to do ... or, else...!!!
    You don't expect Israel to bomb Syria again, right? They want us to do that; we should say "Yes, Master!"
    Saddam, Khaddafi, Assad ... they all said bad things about Israel ... they all should be punished with our blood and tax dollars. If you insult Israel, ... you insult U.S.A. Why? No, we cannot ask that question.

    September 5, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. Unbelievable!

    WE THE PEOPLE need to take to the streets to protest this! WE THE MAJORITY do NOT want to mess with Syria! What the hell is wrong with our government?!?

    September 5, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. Jon

    I am not a big fan of his but he made the right call. People stop posting because of your hate for them and look at the situation with some common sense.

    1. The purpose of the meeting was to go around the President and disregard the Presidents decision. Harry Reid made the right call by declining to meet just as the Speaker turned down a similar request.

    2. The Russians are wrong. Syria used Sarin Gas and killed alot of their own civilians. The President has every right to take the steps he has and Russian is wrong for trying to subvert his authority. If Russian was doing something similar that we objected to and we tried to meet with a member of the Duma they would all tell us no.

    September 5, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Scott

    The Dems and Liberals just make this all the more suspisous (sp) with these email and wiretap "proof" launched these attacks.

    September 5, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. picnick

    I always knew Reid was a louse, but this is the time for diplomacy to get to work.

    Reid turning down the Russians is a slap in the face to diplomacy.

    "When in doubt, don't send missiles out."

    Rand Paul 2016.

    September 5, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  7. Sailor101

    I'm kind of torn between thinking that we need to stay out of it and needing to do somthing about it but what I find interesting is that the people who decried Bush as Satan himself and hailed BHO as the best thing since the cotton gin are now turning on him. hmmm interesting, maybe, just maybe presidents do what they have to do and Bush wasn't so bad a person after all, it is just that the job comes with responsibilities.

    September 5, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. Steve

    We would rather lob missles then talk to the Russians first. Our politicians are out of control on both sides of the aisle

    September 5, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  9. Edward

    All Russia wants to do is talk it out like adults, but our government has evidently decided that we are going to attack Syria, no matter what. Russia, the European Union, and their own citizens be damned. No one can stop them.

    September 5, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. Name Samuel Smith

    That is the plan distabalize the Middle East , divide the people and continue to devour the natural resources

    September 5, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  11. Sandra

    GOOD.
    Snowden, Snowden, Snowden.

    September 5, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. Bringit

    Putin is one strange dude.

    September 5, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. Free

    We don't have proof so we better turn it down LOL

    September 5, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  14. John

    It wouldn't be appropriate for our congressional leaders to meet with Russian delegations when our President has been rebuffed by Putin on both Snowden and Syria. Doing so would further diminish Obama's internationally credibility.

    September 5, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. Pat Henry

    us 1776 – The UN is THE most worthless organization in the world. they have no backbone, no direction and they have been corporately emasculated. That is a huge waste of US land and taxpayer funds. We should move hte whole organization to Sweden.

    September 5, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  16. Ed

    So the Russians reach out and Boehner and Reid have slammed the door. Yeah, that's helpful.

    September 5, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  17. Az

    Oh Harry, Putin won't bite?

    September 5, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. Carol

    Why is everyone afraid to debate or discuss the issues around Syria? It seems rude to dismiss a talk. What happened to all the issues that were going to be discussed in a peaceful manner instead of wars? It would be interesting to hear what the Russian Delegation had to say.

    September 5, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  19. some guy

    Anything that will stop war (Republican paymaster's main business opportunity) is unwelcome.

    September 5, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  20. john

    These i:d:i:o:t:s think they own the world

    September 5, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. Scott

    Lean6

    It's funny how the GOP spent the past 5 years undermining President Obama at every opportunity
    ----------------------------------------------

    Its only been 3 years since 2010, when people started to wake up to Obama's lies to pass the ACA for Pelosi and Reid after trying to be bipartisan with the Dems in Congress, then then the ultra Liberals ran it down our throat without letting us read or debate it, and we voted them out in the House.

    September 5, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  22. JCDavis

    Why would Harry meet with them? They might be dangerous. They might have facts.

    September 5, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  23. billmelater1

    Sound like the Elitists in our houses (Congress) don't want to know the truth. What is the problem with looking at other peoples data? It looks to me like the leadership of our country want this to fail. What do they think this looks like to the people of this country?

    September 5, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  24. altee11

    The Russians are attempting to jump over Obama and try to split the leadership from the President, who is supposed to be representing the whole of the USA. It makes sense for the leaders of the House and Senate to stand with Obama and rebuff the Russian effort to conquer and divide the US leadership.

    September 5, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  25. ALLuh

    Who exactly does the US government represent? NOT the majority of voters, that's for sure, time to scrap this corrupt form of government and start over.

    September 5, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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