William Burns, director of the CIA, met this Monday with his Russian counterpart in Ankara to warn Moscow about the possible consequences of the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine, As confirmed by a White House spokesman to the American media.
As collected by the New York Times citing the National Security Council, the meeting was not intended to “negotiate or talk about any solution to the war” in Ukraine and kyiv has been informed in advance about the trip.
“We have been very open about the fact that we have channels to communicate with Russia about risk management, especially nuclear risk and risks to strategic stability,” the spokesman said, according to CNN. “As part of this effort, Bill Burns is in Ankara today to meet with his Russian intelligence counterpart.”
“He is not talking about the solution of the war in Ukraine. She is conveying a message about the consequences of Russia’s use of nuclear weapons, and the escalating risks to strategic stability. It will also raise the cases of unjustly detained US citizens”, collects the US chain.
the russian newspaper Kommersant He had reported on Monday that the Russian delegation in Ankara is headed by Sergei Naryshkin, the director of the country’s Foreign Intelligence Service. The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, has declined to comment on this information in his daily telephone press conference, but he has not denied it either.
In the past week, the Wall Street Journal reported that US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan has held confidential talks with senior advisers in Russia in recent months in an attempt to de-escalate the conflict and reduce the nuclear threat.
As reported by the US media, Sullivan has been in contact with Yuri Ushakov, Putin’s foreign policy adviser, as well as with his counterpart in Moscow, Nikolai Patrushev.
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke last month with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, when Moscow accused kyiv of preparing an attack with a “dirty bomb”, an accusation dismissed by the West, after which the IAEA declared that he had found no indication of “undeclared nuclear activities” in Ukraine after inspecting the three points indicated by Russia.
As analyzed a week ago According to researchers at the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW), the Kremlin “began to collectively downgrade its rhetoric about the use of nuclear weapons in early November” following an increase in its references to this. use throughout October. “The Kremlin’s rhetorical shift indicates that Russia’s top military brass and Kremlin insiders are probably aware, to some degree, of the enormous costs to Russia of using nuclear weapons against Ukraine or NATO for little benefit. operational”, said the ISW report published on November 6.