CIA Director William Burns last week held a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and representatives of the Ukrainian intelligence community, CNN reports, citing US administration sources.
According to the channel, the visit of the head of the American department to Kiev was planned in advance, and was not caused by any emergency circumstances.
During the trip, Burns held consultations with colleagues from local intelligence agencies. The meeting discussed the possibility of a “Russian invasion” as well as “the risks Ukraine faces.”
The head of the CIA also had the opportunity to discuss the current situation and efforts to de-escalate tensions with the Ukrainian leader.
Recall that earlier Russia has repeatedly rejected the aggressive plans attributed to it in the West against Ukraine, and also stated that it does not pose a threat to other states.
The day before, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also joked that US intelligence agencies were probably organizing a competition to create scenarios in the event of an escalation in Ukraine.