Talks between Russia and the United States took place in Ankara on Monday, the TASS news agency reported, citing Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
The undisclosed meeting of the heads of the CIA and the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service was held in the Turkish capital Ankara at the request of the US, the Kremlin said on Monday.
“Such negotiations really took place. It was the initiative of the American side,” Russian state news agency TASS cited Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.
While Peskov didn’t disclose the agenda of the meeting, he confirmed the meeting between CIA Director Bill Burns and his Russian counterpart Sergey Naryshkin in Ankara.
The US claims ; Talks with Russia in Turkey on Nuclear War Risk, Not Ukraine
The White House has confirmed to Newsweek that delegations from the United States and Russia were currently holding talks in Turkey, but said the discussions were centered around mitigating the nuclear threat between the two nations, not on the current conflict in Ukraine.
Call me skeptical on the claim the only one matter is being discussed.Which is “mitigating” a nuclear threat. One that, in my opinion, did not exist. Unless the Americans had that intention. Since America is the only nation to use nukes on a civilian population. Twice. Obviously I’m referencing Japan.
If there was talk about removing obstacles to Russian food and fertilizer exports very clearly the only talk was not around “mitigating nuclear threat”. Also
I’d say that’s confirmation that the US led sanctions regiment that has been ‘starving the world’ and not the other way around. As has been so commonly presented.
At a press conference on the sidelines of G-20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the UN was not involved in talks held between top US and Russian intelligence officials and hosted by the Turkish National Intelligence Organization, as confirmed on Monday by Turkish officials.
“I think it is very positive that US and Russia have talks because that is an extremely relevant development in relation to the future. But we are not involved,” Guterres affirmed.
On renewing the Black Sea grain initiative, brokered by the UN and Türkiye but set to expire this weekend, Guterres voiced hope for a meeting between the delegations of Ukraine and Russia at the summit.
“There was lot of progress in removing obstacles to the export of Russian food and fertilizers. I am hopeful that our efforts will go on being successful and will be able to remove last obstacles,” he said.
The UN head also expressed hopes for the Black Sea grain initiative to be renewed as the exports that it allows “are extremely important for today’s world.”
He stressed that “efforts to ensure Russian food and fertilizers can flow to global markets are essential to global food security.”
Noting that the grain deal has “already helped to stabilize markets and bring food prices down,” the UN head said they are “working to end all obstacles to the free flow of Russian food and fertilizers to global markets.”