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CIA head meets Russian security council chief in Moscow

CIA Director William Burns speaks during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 15, 2021. (Al Drago/Pool via AP)
CIA Director William Burns speaks during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 15, 2021. (Al Drago/Pool via AP)

MOSCOW — US Central Intelligence Agency director William Burns meets the head of Russia’s powerful Security Council for talks in Moscow, says the council’s press service.

Burns and Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev discussed “Russian-American relations,” it says in a terse statement. Burns’ visit to Moscow was not previously announced and the Security Council released no further details.

There was no immediate comment from the US Embassy in Moscow or officials in Washington.

The meeting comes with Russia’s ties with the West at their lowest levels in years, strained by a wide range of disagreements. US President Joe Biden and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin met for their first summit in June and agreed to keep communications channels open.

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