Top Russian spies met with Pompeo when they traveled to US

The Trump Administration Let a Russian Spy Chief Visit the US— Even Though He Was Legally Barred

"While Russia remains an adversary, we would put American lives at greater risk if we ignored opportunities to work with the Russian services in the fight against terrorism", Pompeo said.

Also in Washington was the head of the GRU, Russia's military intelligence, according to the Washington Post.

Former U.S. intelligence officials and other experts noted CIA directors routinely communicate with their Russian counterparts.

In his letter, Pompeo said the meetings with the Russians were not without discord.

Mr. Schumer had written to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats demanding an explanation why Mr. Naryshkin was allowed into the USA despite sanctions to block his travel, and implying that the meeting played a role in a Trump administration decision last month not to increase sanctions on.

The CIA said any interactions with foreign intelligence officials would have been conducted in accordance with USA law and in consultation with appropriate departments and agencies.

In the last week, 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 told Ekho Moskvy radiо. The sanctions on Korobov were imposed in connection with attempts to interfere in the election of the U.S. president through hacker attacks, for which Washington blames Moscow.

A US intelligence assessment released in January 2017 said the two oversaw a hacking-and-propaganda campaign to sway the 2016 election campaign. They anxious the Kremlin could conclude the United States is open to forgiving Russian Federation for its actions and wasn't resolved to forcefully prevent future meddling.

Schumer had called for the White House to release details of Naryshkin's trip and whether the decision this week not to impose additional Russian Federation sanctions was related to his visit.

Sergei Naryshkin — the speaker of the Russian Duma — on a visit to Finland
Sergei Naryshkin — the speaker of the Russian Duma — on a visit to Finland

Schumer, whose staff was briefed on the meetings and the legal process involved before giving a Tuesday news conference, said the meeting represented "a serious national security issue". The White House did release a list of Russian oligarchs potentially subject to sanctions on Tuesday, but it was criticized as sloppy and cobbled together from sources such as Forbes magazine. "Director Pompeo's refusal to answer that question is deeply troubling".

Moscow denies the conclusions of USA intelligence agencies that it led a hacking campaign of political party networks and spread disinformation to help Trump in his presidential campaign.

"While we do not discuss the schedules of USA intelligence leaders, rest assured that any interaction with foreign intelligence agencies would have been conducted in accordance with USA law and in consultation with appropriate departments and agencies", a CIA spokesman said.

"In part because Trump has taken America off the playing field in places like the Middle East, leaving Russian Federation to gain influence all over".

The Post noted that Moscow and the US have shared information on terrorism in the past, but the process is not usually so robust or close.

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

Asked if Russian Federation would try to influence the mid-term elections, he said: "Of course".

"I haven't seen a significant decrease in their activity", Pompeo told the BBC.

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