Article from Roll Call by Niels Lesniewski.

Sen. Rand Paul is upping the ante in his push to end sanctions against Russian parliamentary officials.

The Kentucky Republican has drafted an amendment that would terminate sanctions against members of the Russian Federal Assembly if the Russians do likewise.

The proposal, which would require the lifting of sanctions against members of the U.S. Congress to have practical effect, is expected to be offered as an amendment to a bill designed to help stop atocities against civilians in Syria.

“Senator Rand Paul believes that dialogue and diplomacy are vitally important to global peace. It is important to remember that the United States and Russia hold more then 90% of all nuclear weapons,” a Paul spokesman said. “While there is plenty we might disagree on, we won’t be able to resolve those difference if the two sides aren’t engaging in dialogue.”

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