Washington remains Moscow’s “most dangerous and uncompromising” adversary, Sergey Naryshkin has said
FILE PHOTO: The head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), Sergey Naryshkin © Sputnik / Aleksey Nikolsky
The Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) maintains contact with the CIA, its head, Sergey Naryshkin, told the Russian ‘National Defense’ magazine last week. Such communication helps reduce unnecessary tensions even though uncertainty is growing over the outcome of the geopolitical standoff between Russia and the West, he said.
“Consultations between the SVR and the CIA are of a rare but regular nature,” Naryshkin said, when asked if a direct communication link between the two intelligence services still exists and whether it could be “used again.”
“Professional dialogue in itself is useful, particularly for reducing international tensions and… misunderstandings between nations,” the Russian spy chief added, without revealing how often the two services communicate.
It is known that Naryshkin spoke to his US counterpart, William Burns, face-to-face in November 2022. At that time, the two intel chiefs met in the Turkish capital of Ankara. The White House said the discussion focused on the consequences of a potential use of nuclear weapons. Burns was “not discussing settlement of the war in Ukraine,” a White House official emphasized at the time.
Back in February, Burns described the discussions he had with Russian officials as “dispiriting” and accused the Russian spy chief of having a “very defiant attitude,” with a «sense of cockiness and hubris.”