A new report revealed that CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with Sergey Naryshkin, director of Russia’s foreign intelligence service, in U.S. soil.
According to Russian state media Rossiya-1, Naryshkin was spotted aboard a commercial Aeroflot flight to the United States.
Naryshkin, who was heavily blamed by the U.S. government for playing a key role in Russia’s interference in the presidential election, reportedly met up with the CIA director in New York.
The Daily Beast questioned the CIA if the report was true but they declined to comment on the issue.
“While we do not discuss the schedules of U.S. intelligence leaders, rest assured that any interaction with foreign intelligence agencies would have been conducted in accordance with U.S. law and in consultation with appropriate Departments and agencies,” a CIA spokesman told The Daily Beast.
“Sergey Yevgenievich was here. He arrived. He had meetings with his colleagues here,” Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov told Rossiya-1. It is unclear when the meeting took place.
According to Antonov, the meeting was possibly about cooperations between the two countries.
“I want to tell you that in the most difficult times, the most difficult times, contact between the special services continued. Politics is politics, and work is work. There are political slogans, and then there’s real work,” Antonov said, adding, “They, of course, discussed the question of joint fight against terrorism.”
“The work is continuing, it’s just, probably correctly, not very visible to the viewer, the reader,” Antonov added. “But I think that work will continue in the future.”