Joe Biden's national security adviser spoke with close associates of Vladimir Putin about the war in Ukraine and nuclear tension

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Jake Sullivan has held confidential talks in recent months with Kremlin adviser Yuri Ushakov and Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, in order to reduce the risk of an atomic conflict

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Joe Biden's national security adviser spoke with those close to Vladimir Putin about the war in Ukraine and nuclear tension

Jake Sullivan, White House National Security Adviser (Reuters)

The national security adviser American, Jake Sullivan has held undisclosed talks with senior Russian officials in hopes of reducing the risk of the war in Ukraine spilling over or escalating into a nuclear conflict, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

The newspaper quoted US and allied officials as saying that Sullivan, President Joe Biden's top adviser on national security, held confidential talks in recent months with the Kremlin adviser, Yuri Ushakov, and with the secretary of the Russian Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, Sullivan's counterpart, which were not publicly disclosed .

The White Housedeclined to comment on the report, responding to questions about the story with only a statement attributed to National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson: “People say a lot of things.” The Wall Street Journal said officials did not provide the dates or number of calls.

few contacts have been made public in recent months. high levelbetween US and Russian officials, as Washington has insisted that any talks to end the war in Ukraine be held between Moscow and kyiv.

For its part, the The Kremlin refused to comment on the Journal article. “We have nothing to say about this publication,” said government spokesman Dmitri Peskov.to the journalists. “Again I repeat that there are some truthful articles, but for the most part they are articles that are pure speculation,” he said, directing people to contact the White House or the outlet itself.

He added that although Russia remains “open” to talks, it cannot negotiate with kyiv due to its refusal to hold talks with Moscow.

Joe Biden's national security adviser spoke with those close to Vladimir Putin about the war in Ukraine and nuclear tension

Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky received Sullivan on Friday in kyiv

The talks came at a time when the West has accused Moscow of escalating rhetoric nuclear, lately repeatedly accusing kyiv of planning the use of a radioactive “dirty bomb”, without offering proof.

kyiv has denied having such a plan, and the United States and other Western countries have said Russia may be planning to orchestrate such an attack itself and use it as a pretext to escalate the conflict.

Russia , in turn, has accused the West of “encouraging provocations.”

Sullivan traveled to kyiv on Friday and promised “unwavering and unwavering” support ” from Washington to Ukraine.

Ukraine has an “acute need for anti-aircraft defenses”, said the adviser in kyiv, during a visit to the Eastern European country hit by Russian bombing of its infrastructure energy.

“We recognize [Ukraine's] acute need for anti-aircraft defenses at this critical moment, as Russia and Russian forces fire a barrage of missiles and Iranian drones at the country's civil infrastructure,” he declared.

(With information from Reuters)

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