CNN: CIA head in Moscow warns against military action against Ukraine | News from Germany about Russia | DW

According to the American TV channel CNN, CIA Director William Burns visited Moscow on behalf of the head of the White House Joe Biden a few days ago in order to warn the Kremlin that the United States is closely monitoring the troop build-up near the Ukrainian border, and with the intention of determining the motives for Russia’s actions. In an article published on the channel’s website on Friday, November 5, it is indicated with reference to informed sources that at meetings with high-ranking Russian officials, the head of the CIA tried to warn Russia against plans to conduct any offensive operations.

Noting that the United States is increasingly concerned about “the irregular movement of Russian troops and equipment near Ukraine’s northern border,” CNN reports that “the Biden administration has intensified its efforts in recent days to de-escalate growing tensions between Moscow and Kiev.” According to the interlocutors of the publication, after meetings in Russia, Burns held a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in an attempt to defuse these tensions. A senior State Department official was dispatched to Kiev on November 4 to support these efforts.

RF can use gas as a lever of pressure

According to CNN, Burns also expressed concern that Moscow is close to using gas exports as leverage on Ukraine and other European countries, as they are likely to face a new energy crisis in the winter.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on November 5 that the “scale” and “size of the units we see” from Russia was “unusual”.

On November 1, Politico magazine published satellite images showing, as noted in the publication, that Russia is transferring troops and military equipment to the border with Ukraine. The photographs taken by Maxar Technologies show armored vehicles and artillery pieces near Yelnya.

Two days earlier, The Washington Post wrote about a new build-up of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine, noting that Moscow’s actions caused concern in the United States and Europe.

In response to these publications, the press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov said that the movement of Russian military equipment across Russia is an exclusively internal affair of the Russian Federation, and the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova called the reports of the movement of Russian troops to the Ukrainian border “an informational burst of truth.”

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