CIA warns Russia against ‘Havana syndrome’ – report – RT Russia and former Soviet Union

The head of the American CIA warned Russia of the “consequences” if it was discovered to be involved in a series of incidents involving American diplomats around the world, now dubbed the “Havana syndrome”, he said. reported the Washington Post.

Citing anonymous “sources”, the newspaper revealed that CIA Director William Burns raised the issue earlier this month during meetings in Moscow with Nikolay Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council, and Sergey Naryshkin, director of the Foreign Intelligence Service.

Havana Syndrome is an unexplained illness that has been reported by many U.S. government officials and military personnel posted abroad. Symptoms include hearing loud noises, pain in the ears, and cognitive difficulties. While the first case was detected in Cuba, others have been reported in many other countries around the world, including China and Germany. Burns publicly described the incidents as “Attacks” and suspects that a foreign adversary is responsible.

According to the Washington Post, Burns told Russian officials that inflicting severe brain damage on Americans was beyond what is allowed for a “Professional information service”. He did not, however, directly accuse Russia of being involved.

This is not the first suggestion that Moscow is behind Havana Syndrome. In August, deputy foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Bikantov denied any Russian connection to the incidents after being implicated in an article published in the New Yorker.

“We think it is base and morally wrong to launch anti-Russian speculation by pointing fingers at someone’s poor health,” said Bikantov. “It is clear that the love of the Western tabloids for conspiracy theories is ineradicable.”

Earlier this month, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov revealed that Burns had spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin, noting that they had discussed “bilateral relations” and engaged in “An exchange of opinions on regional conflicts”. Peskov did not mention Havana Syndrome.

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