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Russian intelligence chief stands by agreement with CIA’s Burns to allow no leaks

Sergey Naryshkin also said all previous leaks were on the US side

MOSCOW, March 5. /TASS/. Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service Director Sergey Naryshkin has said that he will stick to the agreement with US Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns not to allow any leaks about their communication.

"It was our mutual agreement not to allow leaks not only about the nature, about the issues that are being discussed or will be discussed in our face-to-face meetings, in telephone conversations, but also about them happening. I am standing by this agreement," Naryshkin said in a fragment of an interview for Soloviev Live television, which was shown on Rossiya-1 television and on the Smotrim platform.

The Russian official said all previous leaks were on the US side.

Naryshkin and Burns met at the headquarters of the National Intelligence Organization of Turkey in Ankara on November 14, 2022. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the US insisted on keeping the communication channel between the officials in confidence, but right upon the arrival of the US delegation in Ankara, that information was immediately leaked. Naryshkin later did not rule out the possibility of a new meeting with the CIA chief. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that such communication is "useful.".