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Troop buildup near Ukraine: Main topic of CIA director's visit to Moscow revealed

Source : 112 Ukraine

Tensions between Ukraine and Russia have also been exacerbated in recent weeks by a deepening Ukrainian energy crisis that Kyiv believes Moscow has purposefully provoked
11:57, 7 November 2021

US CIA head William Burns, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev
Russian Security Council

CIA Director Bill Burns' visit to Moscow this week was linked to Ukraine, which has recently seen a concentration of Russian troops near its borders. This was reported by CNN.

President Joe Biden dispatched CIA Director Bill Burns to Moscow earlier this week to warn the Kremlin that the US is watching its buildup of troops near Ukraine's border closely, and to attempt to determine what is motivating Russia's actions.

On Biden's instructions, Burns met with senior Kremlin security officials directly involved in the military activity to try to prevent any offensive plans.

Related: US to continue boosting Ukraine's energy security, - Blinken

Tensions between Ukraine and Russia have also been exacerbated in recent weeks by a deepening Ukrainian energy crisis that Kyiv believes Moscow has purposefully provoked.

Burns also brought up US concerns that Russia is close to using its gas exports as leverage, with Ukraine and other European nations forecast to suffer energy crises heading into winter.

Following his meetings in Russia, Burns spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky by phone in an attempt to diffuse those tensions, the sources told CNN. A senior State Department official was also dispatched to Kyiv on Thursday to support those efforts.

As we reported earlier, a face-to-face meeting between the head of the US Central Intelligence Agency and the Russian Secretary of the Security Council took place in Moscow on November 2.

 

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