“Despite mutual distrust and disagreement.” CIA chief arrives in Moscow to discuss US-Russian relations

According to the publication, Burns’s trip is one of the few high-level visits. recently, indicating that the parties “would like to continue negotiations, despite mutual distrust and a long list of disagreements.”

The embassy spokesman noted that Burns led the American delegation at the request of President Joe Biden.

During the visit, the head of the CIA met with the Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev, reported November 2, the press service of the Security Council.

Neither side provided details of the interview.

Context:

Relations between Russia and the United States deteriorated significantly in 2014, after the Russian Federation occupied the Ukrainian Crimea and began an armed aggression in Donbas. The US has also imposed several sanctions packages against the Kremlin.

US-Russian relations reached a minimum after the Cold War due to Russian cyberattacks on US facilities, Moscow’s support for Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, the imprisonment of opposition politician Alexei Navalny, and Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine, writes Reuters.

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