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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Official: U.S. Can Learn From Russia

Russia's experience fighting Chechen separatists could be useful for the United States in its campaign against international terrorism, U.S. Congressman James Saxton said Monday.

Saxton, who heads the House Special Oversight Panel on Terrorism and is among a congressional group visiting Moscow, said an aim of the visit was to learn about the Russian security service's experience fighting rebels in Chechnya.

"We recognize that the situation Russia is facing in Chechnya is very important for us to understand," said Saxton, a Republican from New Jersey. He said the United States and Russia were facing "a seemingly similar threat from a seemingly similar enemy.

"We Americans would like to learn from the Russian government the most effective way of fighting terrorism that threatens our two governments," he added.

Another member of the delegation, representative Bernard Sanders, stressed cooperation. "We hope that within this struggle, the U.S. and Russian people will become closer together," said Sanders, an independent from Vermont.