New Delhi. Amid the ongoing war in Ukraine, senior US and Russian intelligence officials met in Turkey’s capital Ankara. The Russian news agency TASS gave this information, quoting Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Meanwhile, a White House spokesman also said Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director William Burns would warn Russian President Vladimir Putin’s top spy of the consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and raise the question of American prisoners held in Russian prisons.
According to the information received, CIA chief Burns had come to Ankara specially to meet Sergei Naryshkin, head of the Russian foreign intelligence service SVR. It was the first known high-level meeting between US and Russian officials since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24.
According to the Reuters news agency, a White House spokesman said on condition of anonymity about the meeting: “He is not negotiating any type of agreement.” He is not discussing a solution to the war in Ukraine. It gives a message on the consequences of the use of nuclear weapons by Russia and the risk for strategic stability.
The spokesperson said: “We had already informed Ukraine of his visit. We stick firmly to our fundamental principle: nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine.
On the other hand, the White House also said that US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping condemned Russian nuclear threats against Ukraine. The two leaders also agreed that “a nuclear war should never be fought”.
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