Russia’s Foreign Ministry says a former American Marine recently detained in Moscow on spying charges is also a British citizen.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday that Paul Whelan, who was detained on December 28 in Moscow “while carrying out an act of espionage,” holds a UK passport in addition to his American travel document.
She added that British diplomats have sent a request for consular visits.
Russia’s FSB state security service opened a criminal case against the 48-year-old, whose family denied the charges, saying he was visiting Moscow for the wedding of a retired Marine to a Russian woman.
On Friday, Britain slammed Russia for detaining Whelan, accusing Moscow of using British citizens as diplomatic pawns.
“We don’t agree with individuals being used in diplomatic chess games… We are all extremely worried about him and his family,” Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the BBC in an interview,…