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Russia-U.S. spy chiefs mentioned ‘delicate’ questions, says Moscow By Reuters

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Russian Deputy International Minister Sergei Ryabkov attends a gathering of International Minister Sergei Lavrov with Iranian International Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Moscow, Russia March 15, 2022. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/Pool

LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. Central Intelligence Company Director William Burns and President Vladimir Putin’s spy chief mentioned “delicate” questions after they met this week in Turkey, Russian Deputy International Minister Sergei Ryabkov mentioned on Thursday.

Burns cautioned Sergei Naryshkin, head of Russia’s SVR international intelligence service, in regards to the penalties of any use of nuclear weapons, and about dangers to strategic stability, the U.S. facet.

It was the primary recognized high-level, face-to-face U.S.-Russian contact since Russia invaded Ukraine in February. Burns, a former U.S. ambassador to Russia, was despatched to Moscow in late 2021 by President Joe Biden to warning Putin about Moscow’s troop build-up round Ukraine.

“The contact (between Burns and Naryshkin) was initiated by the American facet,” Ryabkov informed RTVI. “The questions mentioned there have been of a delicate nature.”

“Dialogue is happening however it’s not of a systemic character,” he mentioned. “However we aren’t standing there with our hat in our hand: the Individuals want dialogue with us simply as a lot as we’d like it with them.”

Ryabkov mentioned extra contact with america would happen later this month when a bilateral consultative fee on the New START arms treaty meets on Nov. 29 to Dec. 6 in Cairo.

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