Russian intelligence chief claims he spoke with the CIA director about Ukraine – TASS

Sergei Naryshkin, the head of Russia’s foreign intelligence, told reporters on Wednesday that he had spoken on the phone with William Burns, a CIA official, in late June to discuss “what to do with Ukraine.”

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According to reports published last month in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, Burns phoned Naryshkin to reassure the Kremlin that the United States was not involved in the brief uprising of Russia’s Wagner mercenary force on June 23–24.

Since the commencement of Russia’s conflict in Ukraine, Burns and Naryshkin have been in touch while other direct contacts between the two nations are at an all-time low and ties are at their worst since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

Naryshkin was quoted by TASS as adding that it was conceivable for the two to really meet.

Their most recent encounter, which was made public, took place in Turkey in November of last year, where U.S. sources claimed Burns cautioned Russia about the repercussions of any nuclear use and brought up the problem of American captives in Russia.