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CIA director makes rare trip to Moscow for talks on Russia-US ties, United States News & Top Stories


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MOSCOW (REUTERS) – CIA director William Burns is making a rare visit to Moscow to discuss US-Russia relations, the latest in a series of high-level contacts that show both sides want to keep talking despite mutual distrust and a long list of disputes.

A US Embassy spokesman said Burns was leading a delegation of senior US officials to Moscow on Tuesday and Wednesday at President Joe Biden’s request.

“They are meeting with members of the Russian government to discuss a range of issues in the bilateral relationship,” the spokesman said.

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Russia’s Security Council said Burns, a Russian-speaker and former ambassador to Moscow, held talks with Nikolai Patrushev, the council’s secretary and a former head of Russia’s FSB intelligence service.

Neither side gave details of the conversation, but security issues loom large in their troubled relationship.

Ties have hit a series of post-Cold War lows over issues including Russian-based cyberattacks against US targets, Moscow’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the jailing of opposition politician Alexei Navalny and Russia’s behaviour towards Ukraine, from which it seized the Crimea peninsula in 2014.

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Biden sent a top Russia expert, Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, to Moscow for talks last month that failed to yield any progress in a dispute between the two countries over the sizes of their respective embassies.

Biden met Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in Geneva in June, and said at the time it would take six months to a year to find out whether the two countries could establish a meaningful strategic dialogue.

Putin frequently criticises the United States but said last month he had established a constructive relationship with Biden.

The Kremlin has said a further meeting between the two this year is a realistic possibility.

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How the West made the most dangerous version of Putin


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These concerns are not baseless. It’s undeniable that Putin and the President’s inner circle have grown in confidence during this period. Whether it be annexing parts of another nation, backing a dictator in a foreign war or

poisoning dissidents

on Russian soil, Putin’s Kremlin seemingly no longer seeks validation from a West that has allowed Moscow’s belligerence to grow with little effect on his behavior.

The world has been reminded of Russia’s confidence in recent weeks. As gas prices soar across Europe due to a reduced supply of Russian gas and Putin severs his nation’s loose diplomatic ties to NATO, it’s worth examining how gravely Western policymakers have misread Putin and ignored his willingness to use the weapons at his disposal.

It is no secret that many European countries, including Germany, are reliant on Russian supplies of natural gas. The recent shortages have hammered home not just the economic, but geopolitical risks of this dependency.

While Russia is meeting its existing obligations to supply European countries, analysts say it could increase exports to enable storage ahead of what could be a cold winter, thus reducing costs and calming nerves.

The question from the Russian perspective is, why should we? Moscow is still awaiting German regulatory approval for

Nord Stream 2

, a controversial pipeline that would connect Russia to Germany and supply large amounts of gas to Western Europe. “If the German regulator hands its clearance for supplies tomorrow, supplies of 17.5 billion cubic metres will start the day after tomorrow,” Putin told a televised forum on Thursday, blaming the recent gas crisis and high prices on the EU’s energy policy, Reuters reported.

The pipeline is controversial because many see it as a geopolitical influence project for Moscow, a fear that wasn’t tempered when Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said earlier this month that “early completion of the certification” for Nord Stream 2 would help “cool off the current situation.”

Aside from the financial and geopolitical advantages that might come from Europe’s reliance on Russian gas, it also helps play into a domestic political narrative that has evolved over time in Russia: The West keeps getting things wrong.

The Slavyanskaya compressor station, located in Russia&#39;s Leningrad region, is the starting point of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

The Slavyanskaya compressor station, located in Russia’s Leningrad region, is the starting point of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

“The core of this narrative is that Europe and the West needs to rethink its broken policies, be they on energy, foreign intervention or nation building,” says Oleg Ignatov, a senior analyst at Crisis Group in Russia.

“Ten years ago, this argument was more defensive, as the Kremlin wanted to protect itself from criticism from Western governments or NGOs. But now Russia can argue that Western policies failed in Libya, Syria and now Afghanistan so badly that Russia’s approach has actually been correct all along,” he adds.

Western failure and Russian success are, of course, relative to the priorities of each party. Putin has said that the fall of the Soviet Union was the “greatest geopolitical tragedy” of the 20th century.

When you factor this into so much of Putin’s behavior over the last decade — annexing Crimea, gaslighting the West over military action in Syria by denying Russia’s activity, stirring tensions between NATO and Turkey — it becomes easy to build an image of a leader trying to restore pride to his country and only too happy to exploit opportunities provided by naxc3xafve global counterparts.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands at the opening ceremony of the Turkstream gas pipeline project in in Istanbul, Turkey, in January 2020.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands at the opening ceremony of the Turkstream gas pipeline project in in Istanbul, Turkey, in January 2020.

“Since the end of the Cold War, many in Putin’s generation have believed it was still in a political war with the West,” says Mark Galeotti, honorary professor at University College London, currently based in Moscow.

“This became more acute after the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and is why you now see a Russia more comfortable with putting troops on international borders, spreading disinformation and going after political dissidents. As far as they’re concerned, this is a war footing,” Galeotti says, before adding that “for the West, however, Russia is extremely irksome, but not actually that much of a threat.”

Some argue that Putin’s relatively limited threat has bred a lackluster Western policy in the face of Russian aggression. This, in turn, has meant the Russian President can carry out hostile acts with very few consequences.

The logic goes something like this. Russian agents

poisoning a Russian ex-spy on British soil

is of course sinister and menacing. However, it poses little actual threat to the UK, but going further than placing sanctions on individuals close to Putin could be more hassle that it’s worth.

This, potentially, plays into Putin’s hands, as it allows him to spin these events as proof that he is an untouchable strongman sticking it to the West, a theme he warmed to in a speech at the annual Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi on Thursday evening in which he slammed the US for the “mess” it created in Afghanistan.

“The West’s long-term failure has been treating each hostile act as an isolated incident, rather than seeing the overall pattern of a Russia that has no desire or interest in playing by its rules,” says Keir Giles, a senior fellow at Chatham House and author of the forthcoming book “How Russia Gets Its Way.”

This, Giles argues, is at the heart of everything happening right now.

“Russia is becoming more open and direct. When Russia exploits Europe’s gas crisis to force through its Nord Stream pipeline project, or cuts all remaining links with NATO, it’s done openly and there is no longer a pretensexe2x80x8b that Moscow is working towards good relations with the West. It’s the same pattern that we see domestically within Russia — the increased repression is now overt and accelerating, because the Kremlin no longer cares.”

Limited consequences for the West, of course, provide little comfort to those who oppose Putin inside and outside of Russia.

“Putin is an opportunist. NATO’s disunity is the greatest gift he can receive,” says Riho Terras, former commander of the Estonian Defense Forces. “German reliance on Russian gas is a problem for those of us who share a border as it undermines unity. Brexit might be good for the UK, but it raises questions of a European army which would obviously be weaker than NATO.”

Some believe that Putin’s greatest asset has been hysteria and overstating of the threat he poses in some part of the West, combined with limited pushback from powerful nations, including the US, for his sincere hostility.

“Every time an opportunity appears, he will take it. It happened in Ukraine, it happened in Georgia. He only understands strong messages and if we keep showing disunity he will respond in kind. He is a streetfighter. The West is trying to figure skate around Russia, but Putin plays ice hockey,” says Terras.

Opposition figures in Russia do believe that the West can take action that could weaken Putin’s position.

“Personal sanctions against the people close to Putin, who are involved in corruption and human rights abuse, will go a long way towards achieving this goal,” says Vladimir Ashurkov, an opposition politician and Executive Director of opposition leader Alexey Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation.

However, the myth that has been fed by Western confusion and inaction as to exactly who Putin is, and what he wants, has gone some way to creating a domestic colossus who can increasingly act with impunity in a way that only serves to feed the myth surrounding him in Russia.

For all the Russia hysteria over the past decade, it might be that the West’s reluctance to really understand Putin has helped create the most dangerous version of the man that was ever possible.

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Yet another study of white-tailed deer suggests that the North American population is harboring widespread coronavirus infection.

As much as 80% of the 445,000-strong Iowa deer population may carry the disease, according to a new study, The Times reported on Tuesday.

That rate of infection was said to be xe2x80x9ceffectively 50 timesxe2x80x9d more pervasive in deer than Iowaxe2x80x99s human population.

The pre-print report, now awaiting review from scientific peers prior to publication, showed that deer may have picked up the virus from humans sometime during the testing period, between April 2020 and January 2021, though Penn State researchers are not clear as to how cross-transmission could have occurred.

Their samples were derived from both roadkill and deer felled by hunters. An analysis of their lymph nodes reflected a genomic sequencing that hinted the virus had first traveled through humans before infecting the deer.

Conversely, there is yet no evidence to suggest that humans have contracted the virus from deer.

However, the prevalence of coronavirus among animals may hamper efforts to eradicate the disease from nature xe2x80x94 meaning that the elimination of COVID-19 in humans wouldnxe2x80x99t necessarily be enough to prevent another outbreak.

Researchers and Iowa wildlife officials are sounding the alarm, particularly for deer hunters and other animal handlers, warning them to take extreme precautions with the animal in nature.

A survey by the U.S. Department of Agriculturexe2x80x99s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service released in August indicated a high level of antibodies in deer throughout a number of states, including Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan and New York xe2x80x94 confirming they had been exposed to the virus at some point. The new report, however, confirms infection.

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A spokesperson for the National Veterinary Services Laboratories verified the results of the new study to The Times.

It comes as no surprise that deer are susceptible to coronavirus as many other animals are proven conduits for the disease, including bats, cats, dogs, ferrets, monkeys and mink xe2x80x94 the latter of which are known to become infected with SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19 illness, by interacting with sickened human handlers, as well as pass that infection back to humans. As a result, millions in Denmark were culled to prevent further spread between species.

Fostered within animals populations, the virus could become stronger with time, scientists have said, leading to potentially new, aggressive strains.