Russian lawmakers plan to travel to Washington and lobby the US Congress to vote against military intervention in Syria, the speakers of both houses of Russia's parliament said Monday, dpa reported.
Valentina Matvienko, the head of the Russian upper house, the Federation Council, said that such a trip could influence US lawmakers' decisions.
"We expect that the US Congress will take an objective position ... and not support the suggested provocation against Syria," Matvienko was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency. She added that polls showed that a majority of Americans oppose an intervention.
Matvienko was speaking after a meeting with President Vladimir Putin and State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin. Putin said he supports the Russian parliament's initiative.
US President Barack Obama announced Saturday that he will ask Congress to vote on a possible intervention after the end of the summer recess on September 9.
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