Top Democrat Questions US Meeting With Russian Spy Chiefs

Casey Dawson
February 2, 2018

"Of course, we consider joint work this year, during the FIFA World Cup finals", said Russia's ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov speaking on Russian TV channel Rossiya 1.

"Just in the last week, he [Pompeo] has had probably the most important meetings on counterterrorism that we've had in a very, very long time, at the senior levels", Huntsman said in the interview with the radio station Echo of Moscow.

"By imposing no new sanctions under CAATSA mandates, the US remains vulnerable to an emboldened Russian government in advance of this November's congressional elections", 24 Democratic senators wrote in a letter to Trump Tuesday night.

Huntsman had told Russian radio station Ekho Moskvy Tuesday that Russian and USA intelligence officials had met, but did not specifically name Naryshkin. And he continued to blast Pompeo on Thursday.

And these meetings weren't announced by the USA government but were first reported by the Russian news agency TASS.

The CIA director also answered questions about the conflict with North Korea, President Donald Trump's rhetoric, and Michael Wolff's book "Fire and Fury".

The sanctions on Korobov were imposed in connection with attempts to interfere in the election of the United States president through hacker attacks, for which Washington blames Moscow.

On Tuesday, Trump refused to impose new sanctions against Russian Federation, passed unanimously by Congress in response to Russia's campaign to tip the 2016 election in Trump's favor.

And lawmakers are blasting the Trump administration for failing to impose new Russia-related sanctions that some had expected this week. The CIA declined to comment, and the Russian embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Central Intelligence Agency directors regularly meet and hold talks with their Russian counterparts on a variety of issues.

It wasn't clear whom Korobov may have met with.

The head of Russia's foreign intelligence service, SVR, Sergey Naryshkin, has been barred from entering the USA since 2014 sanctions for Russia's destabilizing activities in Ukraine were imposed.

Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service Sergey Naryshkin attends a farewell ceremony for Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov at the Russian Foreign Ministry on December 22, 2016 in Moscow.

"We are proud of that countertenor work, including 's role with its Russian counterparts in the recent disruption of a terrorist plot targeting St. Petersburg, Russia - a plot that could have killed Americans". "But even then, there was always a huge amount of mistrust" and differing views on terrorism "that got in the way of cooperation", Weiss said.

Just this week, Pompeo warned in an interview with the BBC that Russian Federation was still a threat to American elections.

The Russians "consider it a big political win if they can do it". -Russian relations. They include Russia's 2014 seizure of Crimea and its interference in Ukraine and Russia's military intervention on the government's side in the Syrian civil war.

The meeting with Pompeo, according to the WP, was also attended by a "high-ranking official of the USA special services", who works in Moscow and arrived in Washington on objective.

"When those meetings take place, you and the American people should rest assured that we cover very hard subjects in which American and Russian interests do not align", Pompeo wrote, as quoted by AP. "We vigorously defend America in these encounters and pull no punches - we never will".

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