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U.S. seek access to ex-marine detained in Russia

He went to Moscow to attend a wedding when he suddenly disappeared
18:36, 2 January 2019

Paul Whelan, U.S. ex-marine. who was arrested in Moscow
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Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State, stated that the U.S. hoped to access a former Marine arrested in Russia on espionage charges, as The Guardian reported.

“Paul Whelan, who is head of global security for a Michigan-based auto parts supplier, was arrested on Friday. In announcing the arrest three days later, the Russian Federal Security Service said he was caught “during an espionage operation”, but it gave no details,” the news agency reported.

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He went to Moscow to attend a wedding when he suddenly disappeared.

“Pompeo, speaking in Brazil, said the US is “hopeful within the next hours we’ll get consular access to see him and get a chance to learn more”,” The Guardian informs.

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The U.S. State Secretary stated that “the U.S. made clear to the Russians our expectation that we will learn more about the charges and come to understand what it is he’s been accused of and if the detention is not appropriate we will demand his immediate return”.

It was also noted that his family “were deeply concerned for his safety and well-being”.

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