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WorldRussia says talk of spy swap with former U.S. marine is false

12:31  11 january  2019
12:31  11 january  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Russia says it caught former U.S. marine accused of spying red-handed

Russia says it caught former U.S. marine accused of spying red-handed Russia says it caught former U.S. marine accused of spying red-handed

The British prime minister said the poisoning of a former Russian spy in southern England was either a direct act by Russia or that the country had lost Critics say the British authorities took only modest countermeasures after Russian agents poisoned a former MI6 informant in 2006 with the rare

Whelan is a former US Marine , who worked as a security director for BorgWarner, a major Canadian diplomats said that Whelan had maple leaf citizenship, but his brother David could not say if he CBS suggested that the ex- Marine " is a pawn in Russia ' s play to get back one of its spies , Maria Butina

Russia says talk of spy swap with former U.S. marine is false © Reuters/HANDOUT Paul Whelan appears in a photo provided by the Whelan family

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday that there were no discussions about setting up a possible spy swap involving former U.S. marine Paul Whelan, calling speculation about such a deal fake news.

Paul Whelan, a former U.S. marine who also holds British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained by Russia's Federal Security Service on Dec. 28 and accused of espionage. His family have said he is innocent and that he was in Moscow to attend a wedding.

Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry, said diplomats from Britain, Canada and Ireland would get access to Whelan in what she called the agreed time frame.

(Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh and Andrew Osborn; Editing by Tom Balmforth)

The Latest: Lavrov says swapping American not on horizon.
Russia's foreign minister says Moscow isn't considering a possibility of swapping an American arrested on suspicion of espionage for any of the Russians held in the U.S. Sergey Lavrov says that Paul Whelan's brother is in Moscow and has been briefed about prison conditions. The U.S. Embassy wouldn't comment. Whelan, a former U.S. Marine, was arrested in Moscow last month on suspicion of espionage. Lavrov rejected the allegations that Russian authorities could have arrested Whelan in order to swap him for one of the Russians held in the U.S., saying "we don't do such things." He said Whelan was caught red-handed and the investigation is ongoing.

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