Published: Fri, January 18, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Russia's Lavrov: We're not rubbing our hands with glee over Brexit

Russia's Lavrov: We're not rubbing our hands with glee over Brexit

Turning to last month's arrest in Moscow of Paul Whelan, a former US Marine, on suspicion of espionage, Mr Lavrov said the man's brother had visited Moscow and had been briefed about prison conditions.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has launched a diplomatic campaign to strike a deal with Moscow, but Russia says Tokyo must recognize Russian sovereignty over the islands before progress can be made in peace talks.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gives his annual press conference in Moscow on January 16, 2019.

"He was detained at the moment he was carrying out specific illegal actions in his hotel".

The Syrian regime must take control over the country's north, the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said yesterday.

"Japan votes not with us but against us on all the resolutions that interest Russian Federation in the United Nations", he said.

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Whelan family shows Paul Whelan in Iceland.

The FSB has opened a criminal case against Whelan but given no details of his alleged activities.

"It's hard for me to comment on what is happening in the US surrounding accusations that President Trump is effectively a Russian agent", Lavrov said at his annual press conference in Moscow on Wednesday.

At least 12 of his friends received military education in Russian Federation, according to open source information, and at least another 11 appear to have completed national service.

Tensions have raged for months over the fate of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF) signed in 1987 by then USA president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

Whelan lives in Novi, Michigan, according to public records. The Interfax news agency later carried the Foreign Ministry's statement saying that Whelan's brother isn't in the Russian capital. He is director of global security at BorgWarner, a US auto parts maker based in MI.

The same source was quoted as saying that Mr Whelan had been spying for 10 years using the internet to identify targets from whom he could obtain information and that the employee list he was caught with had always been of interest to USA spies.

The United States has rejected a Russian offer to save the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty that keeps nuclear missiles out of Europe, setting the stage for Washington to withdraw from the pact next month.

Lavrov promised USA diplomats can make a second visit to the detainee, and an Irish diplomat will also be visiting him soon.

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