U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in an interview with Voice of America accused Russia of fundamental meddling in Venezuela.

Commenting on Russia's comments that the U.S. shouldn't intervene in this country, Pompeo said: "It's almost funny to say, right?" Voice of America reports.

"They've intervened in the most fundamental ways."

He accused Russia of escalating unrest in Venezuela by propping up the regime of Nicolas Maduro and sending soldiers to establish a training center. "We shouldn't stand for Russia escalating an already precarious situation in these ways," he said.

He also said Russia has sold arms and opened a police training center in Nicaragua. "The results of Russia's involvement in Nicaragua, to put it mildly, aren't good," Pompeo said.