Swalwell Returns from Intelligence Committee Trip to Russia

October 19, 2015
Press Release
Meets with American and Russian officials to discuss Syria, Ukraine

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15), senior Democrat of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence's CIA Subcommittee, recently returned from a six day trip to Russia, Latvia, and Estonia. He met with officials in each country to discuss the international need to stop Russian aggression in Syria and Ukraine.

“In light of Russian activity in Syria and Ukraine, I travelled to Moscow to meet with Russian officials,” said Swalwell. “Russia's escalating aggression threatens American servicemembers in the Middle East and hopes for stability in the region. I urged Russia's Foreign Ministry leaders to work with the U.S. military to keep Russian planes away from ours. Any engagement, intentional or unintentional, could draw both of our countries into unnecessary conflict. I also encouraged Russia's leaders to come to the table and help broker a political solution to the Syrian conflict.”

"While its people struggle at home to pay their bills and support their families, Russia is expanding its efforts abroad -- from Ukraine to Syria -- to bring disorder to the world. The U.S. should work with our allies to consider harsher Russian sanctions," Swalwell added.

Swalwell travelled with former Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2). Among others, they met with the U.S. Ambassador to Russia, John F. Tefft.

Congressman Swalwell with U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft

Congressman Swalwell and Congressman Ruppersberger in front of the Kremlin