CIA chief says next six months of Russia-Ukraine war will be “critical”

3 February, 02:12 PM
William Burns (Photo:Al Drago/Pool via REUTERS)

William Burns (Photo:Al Drago/Pool via REUTERS)

The next six months of Russia’s war against Ukraine will be “critical” according to U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns, Olivia Gazis, a journalist at U.S. news channel CBS News, reported on Twitter on Feb. 2.

“In Ukraine, CIA’s Burns says the next six months will be ‘critical,’ with Putin still betting that ‘political fatigue’ will set in across the West,” she tweeted, quoting the CIA director during a presentation at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.

“‘We do not assess’ that Moscow is serious about negotiations.’”

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According to Gazis, Burns also calls the deepening military ties between Iran and Russia “especially concerning.”

The journalist added that “CIA’s Burns says of the ‘30 or so hours’ he spent in Ukraine last month, six were in bomb shelters – there were two separate strikes against civilian facilities by Russians using Iranian UAVs.”

Burns secretly visited Kyiv in January and met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The U.S. intelligence chief and Ukrainian leadership reportedly discussed the possibility of a new Russian offensive. Further support from the U.S. Congress was also on the agenda.

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