Head of the CIA William Burns visited Moscow in November 2021 and met with the Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolay Patrushev. During the visit, the parties discussed possible hostilities in Ukraine. Burns warned that the West would respond “strongly and unitedly” should they start. This was announced by the former US Ambassador who was present at the meeting. Jake Sullivanwrites the newspaper The New York Times.
Burns warned of the serious consequences for Russia of military action. Patrushev, putting down his notes and looking into the eyes of the head of the CIA, began to praise the Russian army.
“He just looked at Burns and said:” We can do it. “<…>. I would describe it this way: everything was already decided, and they were extremely confident in themselves. His message was:” it will be a problem to do what we want,” Sullivan said.
The NYT reports that after returning from Washington, Burns reported Joe Biden about the decision Vladimir Putin start hostilities in Ukraine.