Presidents Biden and Putin
Secret diplomatic talks are ongoing between former senior U.S. national security officials and high-ranking members of the Kremlin, a former U.S. official directly involved in the talks has confirmed to The Moscow Times.
Earlier this month, NBC first reported the existence of these back-channel discussions, which involve former U.S. officials engaging in discreet exchanges with the Kremlin, as well as a meeting with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in an effort to lay the groundwork for negotiations to end the war in Ukraine.
Known as track 1.5 diplomacy, these covert discussions enable both sides to understand each other’s red lines and mitigate potential conflicts, serving as a crucial link between official government negotiations (track 1 diplomacy) and unofficial expert dialogues (track 2).
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Update: Details Of Secret US-Russia Talks Revealed As Ukraine Counteroffensive In Bad Shape (Zero Hedge)
WNU Editor: Secret US – Russia back-channel talks?!?!? This is news to me. And while I wish there is a lot of back-channel talks between the US and Russia, my gut tells me there has been no serious back-channel talks between the US and Russia since last year.