The director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the United States, William Burns, has traveled to Moscow to talk to Russian security officials, at a time of ongoing tensions between the two countries.
Burns and Nikolai Patrushev, head of Russia’s Security Council, “discussed Russia-US relations,” the council said in a press release on November 2.
“At the request of the president, CIA Director William Burns is leading a delegation of senior US officials to Moscow on November 2 and 3,” said the US Embassy in Moscow.
“They are meeting with members of the Russian government to discuss a range of issues in bilateral relations,” the statement said.
Russia’s relations with the United States are at an all-time low since the end of the Cold War, largely due to Russian interference in US elections, Moscow’s annexation of the Ukrainian Peninsula, conflicts in eastern Ukraine, and suspected cyber attacks. that they committed Russian hackers and poisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
US President Joe Biden has said that despite tensions, his administration is looking for ways to co-operate with Moscow on specific issues, such as reducing strategic weapons, negotiating with Iran over nuclear weapons and fighting cyber attacks.
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