CIA Director Bill Burns meeting with Russian counterpart Monday



CIA Director Bill Burns met his Russian intelligence counterpart Sergey Naryshkin in Ankara on Monday as part of an ongoing U.S. effort to “communicate with Russia about risk management” and to address the cases of “improperly detained U.S. citizens.” ” to discuss. That’s what a spokesperson for the National Security Council told CNN.

“We have been very open about having channels to communicate with Russia on risk management, especially nuclear risk and risks to strategic stability,” the spokesperson said. “As part of this effort, Bill Burns is in Ankara today to meet his Russian intelligence counterpart.”

CNN has previously reported that National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan has also been in touch with his Russian colleagues to warn them of the consequences if Russia were to use a nuclear weapon in Ukraine.

The spokesperson emphasized that Burns is “not in any form of negotiations”.

“He is not talking about a settlement of the war in Ukraine. He conveys a message about the consequences of Russia’s use of nuclear weapons and the risks of escalation to strategic stability. He will also bring up the cases of unjustly detained American citizens.”

The spokesman added that the US has informed Ukraine about the meeting ahead of Burns’ trip.

“We stick to our fundamental principle: nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine,” the spokesman said.

The Biden administration has sent Burns several times over the past year for talks with the Russians, using the veteran diplomat and former US ambassador to Russia as a key go-between as US-Russia relations continued to deteriorate. Burns was sent to Moscow last November, before Russia invaded Ukraine, to warn the Kremlin of the consequences of an invasion. He has also been involved in talks with Naryshkin about US citizens being held in Russia, including Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan.

The discussions are also part of an ongoing effort by the US to keep lines of communication open with Moscow amid thinly veiled threats from Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russia could use a nuclear weapon in Ukraine.

“In the event of a threat to the territorial integrity of our country and to defend Russia and our people, we will certainly use all the weapon systems at our disposal. This is not a bluff,” Putin warned in a September speech.

He later appeared to backtrack, saying in October that “we see no need for” nuclear weapons in Ukraine. “That makes no sense, neither politically nor militarily.”

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu also spoke by phone late last month for the first time since May, when intelligence emerged that Russian military officials had discussed how and under what conditions Russia would use a tactical nuclear weapon on the battlefield in Ukraine. , CNN previously reported.

Russian officials also started last month claiming that Ukraine is preparing to use a “dirty bomb” — a claim that worried the US was simply a pretext for Russia to use one of its own, which the International Agency for Atomic energy debunked after an investigation into Ukrainian sites.

The US has still seen no signs that Putin has decided to take the drastic step of using a nuclear weapon, officials said.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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