MOSCOW: A US senator who is part of a congressional delegation visiting Russia today said Moscow could help improve ties by not meddling in the midterm US election in November.
Sen John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, told the Associated Press that Russia's "change in behaviour" is essential for better relations.
Thune says "the best way to demonstrate this as we head into the 2018 election is to show the American people and our Congress and our administration that the Russians have no intention of messing or playing with the American election."
Thune and other members of the delegation met with Russian officials and lawmakers on Tuesday.
Russia-US ties have been bitterly strained by the fighting in Ukraine, the Syrian war and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.