MOSCOW – The Russian Foreign Ministry has rejected suggestions that an American arrested in Moscow on charges of espionage could be used in an exchange of prisoners for a Russian detainee in the United States.
Paul Whelan, a former US marine, was arrested in Moscow last month on suspicion of espionage. The arrest of Whelan raised the speculation that could be mistaken for one of the Russians detained in the United States, as the cannon rights activist Maria Butina, who pleaded guilty to acting as a foreign agent in the United States US.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Friday that she "did not talk" about the exchange and rejected reports as "false".
Zakharova also said that Russia would allow the diplomats of Great Britain, Ireland and Canada to visit Whelan, which holds four citizenships.
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