Russian militarists plan to bypass US sanctions

Last week, the head of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), Sergei Naryshkin, the head of the FSB Alexander Bortnikov, and the head of the Main Directorate of the General Staff Igor Korobov visited Washington.
This is reported by The Washington Post referring to sources in US intelligence. The interlocutors of the publication note that it is difficult for them to recall other cases when several Russian intelligence leaders came to the US simultaneously. According to the information of the WP, Russian guests discussed with their American counterparts cooperation in the fight against terrorism. "This unusual visit caused concern among some US officials that Moscow may perceive these meetings as a sign of the Trump administration's readiness to leave behind the topic of Russian interference in the presidential elections," the source said.

It is noteworthy that Igor Korobov since December 2016 is under personal US sanctions, which prohibit him from entering the United States. Restrictive measures were introduced in connection with the alleged US intervention of Russia in presidential elections.

The fact that Sergei Naryshkin visited the US, it became known at the end of January. The head of the Democratic faction of the US Senate, Chuck Schumer, called on the president's administration to explain this visit. Russia's ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said that the head of the SVR and representatives of the American special services discussed security measures at the upcoming World Cup. However, approximately the same stated earlier and the director of the counterterrorism center of the United States, Nicholas Rasmussen.