Left Menu
Development News Edition

Russia seeks explanation from US after FBI arrests one of its nationals

Russia seeks explanation from US after FBI arrests one of its nationals
(Image Credit: Flickr)

Russia said Saturday it wanted an explanation from Washington over the arrest of one of its nationals, as Moscow continued to hold a US citizen for alleged espionage. FBI agents arrested Dmitry Makarenko on December 29 on Saipan, a US island in the western Pacific and he had since been taken to Florida, a Russian foreign ministry statement said. It did not detail the accusations against him but said the US authorities had failed to inform them of his arrest and they had only found out from his family.

Meanwhile, a top Russian diplomat on Saturday said the case of Paul Whelan, the US national detained in Moscow, was very serious. Whelan, a security official at a US auto parts company and former US Marine, was arrested on December 28 "while carrying out an act of espionage", the FSB security service announced. "The situation around Mr Whelan is very serious," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told RIA Novosti news agency.

"He came to Russia, as we understand, to take measures to carry out intelligence activities in violation of Russian law," he said, indicating that Whelan had not yet been formally charged. But Whelan's lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov told RIA Novosti on Thursday that his client had been charged -- with espionage. Whelan's family said he was visiting Moscow for a friend's wedding and US security experts have raised doubts that he was a spy, given a reportedly chequered history in the US military. Some observers believe his arrest was in retaliation for last year's arrest in the US of a Russian woman called Maria Butina.

Butina was indicted and pleaded guilty to acting as an unregistered agent of the Russian government -- a legal charge sometimes used against foreign intelligence agents. Analysts have speculated that Moscow might be hoping to swap Whelan for Butina or another Russian held by the United States. Ryabkov said that given the fact that Whelan has not yet been charged, it was too early to talk about his possible release in a spy swap. Although Whelan entered Russia on his US passport, he also holds British, Irish and Canadian citizenship. Ryabkov said the question of which country's diplomats would have access to Whelan would be decided on a case-by-case basis, based on conventions on consular relations.

(With inputs from agencies.)

Download The Devdiscourse News App for Latest News.



Beware! Maximum cyber criminals eye your personal data

A report of the World Economic Forum revealed that cyber security is increasingly becoming an issue of public security as the majority of cyber criminals are increasingly targetting individual internet users. This requires preventive measur...

WEF 2020: Trump seems politically correct in pulling out from Paris Agreement

If the survey of the World Economic Forum WEF is believed, Trump seems to enjoy the confidence of his people in flaying climate intuitions and climate activists. His preference for economic development over environmental protection not only...

From home to healthcare, here are Robotic innovations transforming lives

Lovot is equipped with more than 50 sensors such as thermography, microphone array, obstacle detection, and touch sensor to generate motion and emotions in real-time....

Translating words to deeds: Achieving gender parity in access to financial resources

... ...


Latest News

Morocco, Spain to hold talks about overlapping territorial waters

The Moroccan and Spanish foreign ministers said on Friday their countries would hold talks about overlapping areas of ocean that they both claim rights to in the North Atlantic. The territorial waters Morocco has claimed include the coast o...

UPDATE 1-Three French nationals and one Iraqi missing in Baghdad -French NGO

Three French nationals and one Iraqi working for a French non-governmental organisation have gone missing in Baghdad, their employer said on Friday, adding that no ransom money had been demanded.SOS Chretiens dOrient said the four had disap...

Interim bail rejected, Kairana SP MLA sent to 14-day judicial custody

The fast-track court in Shamli rejected the interim bail of Samajwadi Party MLA Nahid Hasan on Friday and sent him to 14-day judicial custody.The MLA has been facing charges of fraud in a land deal of Rs 80 lakh. Along with Hasan, nine othe...

France confirms 2 cases of virus from China, 1st in Europe

France on Friday announced two cases of the deadly new virus from China, the first cases in Europe. The two confirmed cases were announced by the health minister, Agnes Buzyn. She said that both of the sickened people had traveled to China....

Give Feedback