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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin gestures throughout a joint information convention with Austria’s President Alexander Van der Bellen in Vienna, Austria June 5, 2018.
The Russian Overseas Ministry mentioned on Saturday america had detained a Russian citizen, days after Moscow arrested the previous U.S. Marine Paul Whelan on suspicion of spying.
Whelan was arrested by Russia’s Federal Safety Service on Dec. 28. His household have mentioned he’s harmless and that he was in Moscow to attend a marriage.
The ministry mentioned america detained Russian citizen Dmitry Makarenko on the Northern Mariana Islands on Dec. 29 and had moved him to Florida.
“… Makarenko, born in 1979, has arrived on Saipan Island along with his spouse, underage kids and aged dad and mom. He was detained by FBI personnel on the airport proper after his arrival,” the ministry mentioned.
The U.S. Embassy in Moscow couldn’t instantly be reached for remark. The accusations from either side may additional complicate a strained relationship between Moscow and Washington, regardless of the professed need of
Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin to construct a private rapport. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned this week Washington had requested Moscow to clarify Whelan’s arrest and would demand his speedy return if it decided his detention is inappropriate.