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CNN named the purpose of the visit of the CIA director to Moscow

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6. CIA Director William Burns traveled to Moscow to “warn” Russia of the inadmissibility of action against Ukraine and to find out Moscow's intentions, CNN reported, citing unnamed sources. “US President Joe Biden sent CIA Director Burns to Moscow this week to warn the Kremlin that the United States is closely monitoring the increase in the number of troops near the border with Ukraine, and try to determine what motivates Russia's actions, “the TV channel reported, without giving details. According to CNN, after a trip to Moscow, Burns spoke by phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. to “moderate tensions” between Kiev and Moscow. Burns' visit to Russia, which had not been announced earlier, took place on November 2-3. In Moscow, he met with Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin. During the meetings, as reported, they discussed Russian-American relations and the fight against international terrorism. At the same time, both times the American delegation included the senior director for Russia and Central Asia of the National Security Council (SNB) of the White House, Eric Green. Putin was informed of the results of Patrushev's meeting with the CIA director Burns's visit was preceded by a visit to Moscow in mid-October by US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, who met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Administration Dmitry Kozak, and presidential aide Yuri Ushakov. Moscow stressed that Nuland's visit was organized at the request of the American side.

The meetings discussed issues of Ukrainian settlement, Afghanistan, as well as bilateral relations. The parties agreed to hold new consultations on resolving the crisis around the issuance of visas and the work of diplomatic missions, as well as on a number of other areas of relations. Ryabkov told RIA Novosti that the conversation with Nuland was “extremely frank” and useful, but so far the positions of the parties do not fit well. At the same time, a Russian diplomatic source told RIA Novosti that no deals were made in Ukraine during Nuland's visit, it was an introductory meeting. The political scientist named possible topics of conversations of the head of the CIA in MoscowAmerican edition Politico previously published “satellite images”, which, according to him, show the deployment of the Russian military “on the border with Ukraine” – in the Smolensk region, which does not border on Ukraine.

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine later announced that it did not record the facts of the build-up of Russian troops near its own borders. Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, also said that there was no activity of Russian troops near the borders.

The Russian Foreign Ministry denied reports from a number of Western media that Russia was allegedly pulling troops to the border with Ukraine. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that Russia is moving troops within its territory and at its own discretion. According to him, this does not threaten anyone and should not worry anyone. Zakharova called reports of pulling troops to the border with Ukraine fakes


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