Russian Federation says USA 'spy' Paul Whelan caught red-handed, denies prisoner swap

Russian Federation says USA 'spy' Paul Whelan caught red-handed, denies prisoner swap

Russian Federation says USA 'spy' Paul Whelan caught red-handed, denies prisoner swap

The Kremlin said on Wednesday the idea that U.S. President Donald Trump could have worked for Russian Federation was stupid.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono held talks about the territorial dispute with Lavrov in Moscow on Monday and Abe is set to have discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin on January 22.

Trump on Monday denied media reports at the weekend that the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2017 investigated whether he acted against USA interests, and that he had concealed details about his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, telling reporters he never worked for Russia.

Mr Ushakov noted that Russia-US relations were now at a level that "can't be worse".

Last year, the two leaders agreed to accelerate talks to reach a peace deal.

He claimed that this aim was "confirmed very clearly" at talks in Geneva on the INF treaty, asserting that the United States ignored Russian explanations of a missile that is allegedly in violation of the INF. The U.S. has said it will withdraw from the Intermediate- Range Nuclear Forces Treaty on February 2, after the expiry of a 60-day deadline for Russia to stop alleged violations, a senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday after talks with American officials in Geneva.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in December that British Prime Minister Theresa May had no choice but to implement Brexit and steer clear of a second referendum or risk undermining faith in British democracy.

"Our questions why the Americans don't want to examine our proposals and get first-hand information about specific parameters of the missile were left unheard", he said.

Russian online news portal earlier this month cited an unnamed Russian intelligence source as saying that Mr Whelan had been detained five minutes after receiving a thumb drive containing a list of all the employees of a secret Russian state agency.

Lavrov said the investigation into Mr Whelan continued and his detention was not motivated by any desire to try to exchange him for Russian citizens held in the US.

Moscow's top negotiator in Geneva, deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov, said the Geneva talks centred on Russia's 9M729 system but that USA demands regarding the missile were unacceptable.

The U.S. Embassy wouldn't comment.

He was born in Canada to British parents before the family moved to the U.S. He holds British, Canadian and Irish passports, and Russian Federation said it will allow consular visits.

Speaking on other issues, Lavrov insisted that Moscow isn't taking any sides in the controversy over Britain's exit from the European Union.

Commenting on the situation in Syria, Mr Lavrov said that Moscow expected the Syrian government to take over territory in the country's east following the planned USA military withdrawal.

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