The US top diplomat has conveyed American concerns about Russia’s military intensification near the border with Ukraine and discussed other issues with the President of Russia.
CIA Director William Burns had a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow last week, Kremlin’s spokesperson Dimitry Peskov has announced.
According to CNN, the discussion focused on Russia’s military presence by the border with Ukraine and Belarus and America’s "serious" concerns aiming at determining Russia’s plans in the region.
Last week space technology company Maxar Technologies published satellite photos of Russian troops, tanks, and artillery located massively in the town of Yelnya which raised allegations that its army might conduct an invasion in the pro-Russian Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.
Satellite image taken today by @Maxar reveals presence of a large ground forces deployment â incl. tanks, APCs, self-propelled artillery â to a training area north of Yelnya, Russia. pic.twitter.com/fitG2APRZc
The White House expressed worries about the irregular military movement and sent the CIA Head to avoid escalation. Burns highlighted that the US was keeping an eye on the situation.
Among other issues discussed there were also US-Russia relations, diplomatic crises, and an exchange of views on regional conflicts, as well as cybersecurity.
The parties have also touched on the topic of Russia’s gas exports as the US worries that they can be used as a means of leverage on Ukraine and Eastern Europe.
The visit of the CIA director to Russia is regarded as a step to ameliorate the relations between the two countries since Burns is a former Ambassador of the US to Russia (2005-2008) and such meetings are not ordinary duties of the intelligence leader.