US Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns has travelled to Turkey to speak to his Russian counterpart and warn Moscow of the consequences of any use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine, according to several reports citing an unnamed White House official.
The Reuters news agency quoted the White House official as saying that Burns, a former US ambassador to Russia, was not conducting negotiations of any kind on Monday with Sergey Naryshkin, the head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service.
Ukraine was briefed in advance about Burns’s trip to Turkey, the official added.
The official provided no details regarding the timing of Burns’s meeting, and it was not immediately clear whether his talks with Naryshkin had already concluded.
Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency also reported the meeting, citing unnamed intelligence sources as saying it was being hosted by Turkish intelligence officials.