Russia says it caught former US marine accused of spying red-handed

Russia says it caught former US marine accused of spying red-handed

Trump has denied explosive news reports that he hid details of discussions with President Vladimir Putin and that the FBI investigated him as a potential national security risk who might be acting on behalf of Russian Federation.

Lavrov accused American media of "lowering their journalistic standards" in coverage of the issue and denounced US lawmakers for challenging Trump's right to conduct foreign policy.

Mr Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, similarly derided the claims that Mr Trump might have worked for Russian interests.

"What kind of nonsense are you asking about?" Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, announced the plan following a phone call on Monday with his USA counterpart Donald Trump.

"Why comment on something stupid?"

Asked whether the Kremlin had influenced the transparency of Trump's talks with Putin, he expressed disgust that US journalists were even covering the issue.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in December that British Prime Minister Theresa May had no choice but to implement Brexit and steer clear of a second referendum or risk undermining faith in British democracy.

Dwelling on last week's announcement by US Navy Secretary Richard Spencer that Washington planned to send a warship to the Arctic, Lavrov said that Russian Federation saw no problem in the decision as long as it is done in compliance with worldwide law.

The aide said Russia's relations with the US were "at rock bottom" and "nothing has happened in the context of developing them".

Mr Lavrov said a probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller had produced no evidence of Mr Trump's collusion.

He particularly scoffed at the charges leveled against Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, saying that he only talked to the Russian ambassador in a bid to protect USA interests.

"We welcome and support contacts that have now begun between Kurdish representatives and Syrian authorities so they can return to their lives under a single government without outside interference", Lavrov said during an annual press conference.

He also criticised Washington for its intention to opt out of a key nuclear pact over alleged Russian violations.

Washington has threatened to withdraw from the 1987 accord, accusing Moscow of violating the Treaty, which bans the two sides from deploying short- and intermediate-range, land-based missiles in Europe. The U.S. has said it will withdraw from the Intermediate- Range Nuclear Forces Treaty on February 2, after the expiry of a 60-day deadline for Russia to stop alleged violations, a senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday after talks with American officials in Geneva.

"Our questions why the Americans don't want to examine our proposals and get first-hand information about specific parameters of the missile were left unheard", he said.

Russia says Tokyo must recognize Russian sovereignty over the islands before progress can be made in peace talks, however.

Lavrov charged that the USA refusal to consider the Russian offer to have a close look at the missile reflects Washington's intention to abandon the INF treaty. The Interfax news agency later carried the foreign ministry's statement saying that Mr Whelan's brother was not in the Russian capital.

Russian Federation is a long-time supporter of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. "I repeat, he was caught red-handed".

Whelan, who was living in MI and working as global security director for a US company, also holds British and Canadian citizenships.

"We always said - long before the idea of Brexit took shape - that it is in our interests to have a united, strong, and most importantly independent European Union", he said.

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