Central Intelligence Agency director met with Russian spy chief amid 2018 election concerns


Antonov said Tuesday that Sergey Naryshkin, the chief of Russia's foreign intelligence agency, known as the SVR, met with Pompeo to discuss the "joint struggle against terrorism". The White House is discussing whether to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, two White House officials said.

The meeting, which addressed the countries' mutual interest in preventing terrorist attacks, took place amid high tensions between Russian Federation and the United States over a Kremlin-directed campaign to interfere with the 2016 elections.

The Trump administration's announcement that it would not enforce new sanctions, for now, in retaliation for Russian meddling in the 2016 election is no deterrent for stopping attempts to influence further elections, Sen.

"The Trump administration must immediately come clean and answer questions". The administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are at odds over the release of a congressional memo about surveillance related to possible links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Naryshkin met last week outside Washington with Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Reuters reported.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo told the BBC in an interview last weekend that he had not "seen a significant decrease" in Russian attempts at subversion in Europe and the United States, and he expects Moscow to meddle in November's us mid-term elections.

And lawmakers are blasting the Trump administration for failing to impose new Russia-related sanctions that some had expected this week. Naryshkin was sanctioned in 2014 in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea.

USA and Russian officials confirmed talks between intelligence counterparts had occurred but would not specify which actors were present.

The Russian Embassy in Washington announced the Pompeo meeting in a January 30 tweet.

Schumer wants to know why the visit was allowed, who approved it, which other Russian officials were in the delegation and whether they also are under sanction. "We sanctioned the head of their foreign intelligence and then the Trump administration invites him to waltz through our front door".

Indeed, there is a very long history of U.S. attempts to cooperate with Russian intelligence services, said Andrew Weiss, a vice president of studies at the Carnegie Endowment who oversees research into Russia and Eurasia.

Schumer's decision to highlight Naryshkin's visit was an unusual move.

On Tuesday, Pompeo told the BBC that China was as big a threat to the U.S.as Russian Federation, adding that China had placed its spies in schools and hospitals.

"Nobody in either party trusts this president to represent American national interests when it comes to Russia", Brown said.

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

"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", he wrote.

In a January 2017 assessment, US intelligence agencies said the FSB, considered Russia's main domestic intelligence agency, and the GRU, the Russian military's intelligence arm, oversaw a hacking-and-propaganda campaign aimed at influencing the 2016 USA presidential election.

The Russians "consider it a big political win if they can do it".