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Putin commented on the detention by Russian secret services American Whelan

У Путина прокомментировали задержание спецслужбами РФ американца УиланаSands are not familiar with the statements about the possibility of sharing the arrested in USA Russian women’s Butinai on Whelan.

Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov has commented on the detention by Russian security services of a US citizen Paul Whelan, a suspect of espionage.

According to Peskov, he has nothing to say about the reasons for the detention of Whelan, Recalling the “statements of special services, where the reason was stated”.

Peskov added that Russia “never use people as pawns in a diplomatic game.”

“Russia’s conduct counterintelligence activities against those suspected of espionage activities, so on a regular basis” – quoted Peskov TASS.

Also, the speaker of the President of the Russian Federation are not familiar with the statements about the possibility of sharing the arrested in USA Russian women’s Butinai on Whelan.

On December 28, the FSB officers detained in Moscow of a US citizen Paul Whelan on suspicion of espionage. Whelan has rejected all charges.

Us analysts and the press have suggested that the spy scandal around Whelan may be a response to the Kremlin in the case of the Russian Maria Butunoi detained in the United States.

January 2, U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo called on the Russian Federation to immediately release Whelan.

According to media reports, in addition to a us citizen who was detained in Russia a former marine USA Whelan is also canadian, British and Irish citizenship.

The authorities in Ireland and the UK have confirmed that Whelan has the citizenship of these States.

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