US and Russian spy chiefs hold talks in Ankara


Russian and US intelligence chiefs met unannounced Monday in the Turkish capital, Ankara, according to Russian newspaper Kommersant. reportedthe first high-level face-to-face talks between the two countries since Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine in late February.

The head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), Sergei Naryshkin, arrived in Ankara on Monday to meet with CIA Director Bill Burns, according to Reuters.

While Turkish authorities and the Kremlin declined to comment on the story, a White House National Security Council (NSC) spokesperson confirmed the encounter to CNN correspondent Natasha Bertrand, noting that Burns was “not conduct negotiations of any kind.”

“He sends a message about the consequences of Russia’s use of nuclear weapons and the risks of escalation to strategic stability. He will also raise cases of unjustly detained American citizens,” Bertrand said, quoting the spokesperson. of the NSC, in a press release. Tweeter.

The meeting comes as the annual G20 summit has started on the Indonesian island of Bali, where Russian President Vladimir Putin is represented by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Relations between Washington and Moscow are at an historic low since the start of the war in Ukraine. The last high-level talks between Moscow and Washington took place between Lavrov and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in January.


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