The heads of the foreign intelligence services of Russia and the USA, Naryshkin and Burns, are talking to each other in Ankara. It's about Russia's threat to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine and detained US citizens. It should not be about negotiations about an end to the war in Ukraine.
The head of the US foreign intelligence service CIA, William Burns, has met his Russian counterpart Sergey Naryshkin in Turkey. "Such talks actually took place," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Russian state news agency TASS.
The New York Times wrote that the meeting was not about negotiations to end the war in Ukraine. Ukraine was informed in advance about Burns' trip. The Russian business newspaper Kommersant had previously reported on the meeting in Ankara, citing an unspecified source.
The last officially confirmed meeting between a US and a Russian delegation was in mid-January - before Russia invaded Ukraine. At that time, both sides discussed the security guarantees demanded by Moscow. In early November, the US newspaper Washington Post reported that the US had called on Ukraine to signal its willingness to negotiate with Russia. However, this has not been officially confirmed. On Thursday, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the US administration is not pressuring Ukraine over possible negotiations with Russia.
Kyiv also demands, among other things, the withdrawal of all Russian troops from the territory of Ukraine and compensation for all damage caused by the war.