Ex-U.S. marine Paul Whelan detained in Russia and accused of spying asked U.S. President Donald Trump to help him as Reuters reported.
“Mr president (Trump), we cannot keep America great unless we aggressively protect and defend American citizens wherever they are in the world,” he said.
Besides, Whelan addressed to the leaders of Britain, Canada and Ireland during the appeal hearing in the court, while he has American, British, Canadian and Irish passports.
“I am asking the leaders and governments in Ottawa, Dublin, London and Washington for their help and public statements of support,” he said at the court.
Paul Whelan was detained in Moscow on December 28, 2018. He is accused of espionage but he denies all charges. However, if the court finds him guilty, he will face up to 20 years in the prison.
Later Russian authorities rejected Britain’s suggestion that it might use the ex-U.S. Marine detained in Moscow on espionage charges as a pawn in the diplomatic game. Besides, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia stated that the news on discussions about a possible spy swap with former U.S. marine Paul Whelan is fake.