Unlike US, Russia does not change regimes - Russian embassy

Mike Pompeo director of the Central Intelligence Agency and secretary of state nominee smiles during a meeting with Sen. Bob Corker R-Tenn. on Capitol Hill in Washington

Mike Pompeo director of the Central Intelligence Agency and secretary of state nominee smiles during a meeting with Sen. Bob Corker R-Tenn. on Capitol Hill in Washington

"In Syria, a handful of weeks ago, the Russians met their match and a couple hundred Russians were killed", Mike Pompeo said, during a Senate hearing on his nomination to become USA secretary of state.

In a statement released Thursday, the embassy lashed out at the "unfounded accusations of Russia's meddling in U.S. electoral processes both from the United States legislators and the candidate himself" made during Pompeo's confirmation hearings.

Asked by Gardner what level of US Department of State personnel he would authorize to travel to Taiwan - in reference to the Taiwan Travel Act, which took effect last month and aims to bolster bilateral visits by Taiwanese and US officials at all levels - Pompeo did not provide a direct answer.

Stating the U.S. has "quite an experience" in election meddling, it said, "The U.S. regularly violates national sovereignty of other countries by interfering in their domestic affairs. The favorite tactic of the American intelligence services is to intervene in electoral processes of foreign states and stage coups in order to topple undesired regimes", the statement reads. "This fact is recognized by experts and former US intelligence operatives".

Central Intelligence Agency chief questioned on North Korea, Iran nuclear deal and Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into alleged Russian meddling in 2016 U.S. elections. Yet he dodged repeatedly when Democrats tried to pin him down on President Donald Trump's handling of the special investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

In his testimony, Pompeo confirmed for the first time publicly that he's been interviewed by the team of special counsel Mueller, who is investigating possible ties between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign as well as possible obstruction of justice issues.

Following this, the government slapped sanctions on 19 Russians, including the 13 indicted by Mueller.

Coats later reported that conversation with other officials, and decided that it would be improper to intervene with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to the Post.

In response, Russian Federation warned of a "harsh answer" to the sanctions.

He said a USA attack on North Korea in response to its nuclear programme advancement would be "catastrophic".

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