Russian Security Council's chief and CIA director meet in Moscow

Russian Security Council's chief and CIA director meet in Moscow

The Secretary of Russia's Security, Council Nikolay Patrushev has held a meeting with the visiting Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, William Burns in Moscow on Tuesday, the Russian Security Council said.

"The sides discussed Russia-U.S. relations," the news release reads.

It was the first Patrushev-Burns meeting since the latter took office as CIA director. Their previous contact was in 2013, when Patrushev visited the United States. Burns was then deputy secretary of state (Secretary of State John Kerry was on a tour of the Middle East at that moment, so Patrushev was received by his deputy).

Patrushev maintains regular contacts with U.S. presidential national security advisor Jake Sullivan. This year they talked by telephone six times and held one personal meeting.

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