The Washington Post, citing its sources, said that Burns, who met with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev and Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) Head Sergey Naryshkin this month, brought up the issue of Havana Syndrome.
Saying that causing serious brain damage to US diplomats and spies is beyond the limit that can be allowed for a “professional intelligence service,” Burns stated that although he does not directly blame Russia, if the Russian trace is detected, it will have consequences for Moscow.
Evaluating Burns’ words upon questions at the press conference, Dmitry Peskov flatly denied the implied involvement of Russia in the Havana Syndrome.
Noting that this issue did not come up during Burns’ meetings with Russian political officials, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Moscow, Peskov said of the content of Burns’ meeting with his colleagues in the intelligence services, “This is not public information. All I can do is give the Russian side in these cases. It would be to categorically reject any implication, claim, or explanation that he was involved. We had nothing to do with that.“
The mysterious disease, which was first seen in employees of the US Embassy in Cuba in 2016 and whose cause has not been determined, was called Havana Syndrome.
In the spring of 2017, complaints such as dizziness and headaches caused by Havana Syndrome began to be seen among staff at the Canadian Embassy in Havana.