Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Pompeo said that he will support the bill to hold Russia accountable for its behaviors around the globe.
He confirmed the necessity to raise the cost of Moscow's alleged1 malpractice "if we can find the right places and the right leverage2 point."
Saying that sanctions focusing more on Russian individuals and oligarchs are necessary, Pompeo noted3 "that the things that impact the Russian economy are the things that I hear the Russians are most concerned."
He also said that Washington does not and will not recognize the Kremlin's control of Crimea.
"There will be no relief of Crimea-related sanctions until Russia returns control of the Crimean Peninsula to Ukraine," he said, noting the U.S. stance regarding Crimea is a "policy of non-recognition."
Citing the 213 sanctions on Russian entities4 and individuals since the Trump5administration assumed office, Pompeo said "with respect to Russia, this administration has been tougher than previous administrations, and I fully6 expect it will."
"The president ... will be their toughest enemy, most difficult enemy," he said.