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Russia detains American over suspected spying

Published: December 31, 2018 19:51:59 | Updated: January 02, 2019 17:35:15


The US embassy in Moscow

Russia’s domestic security service (FSB) said on Monday it had detained an American citizen suspected of spying in Moscow.

The FSB, which said the American had been detained on December 28, said in a statement that a criminal case had been opened against him. It did not provide any detail about the nature of the alleged espionage.

The US Embassy in Moscow could not immediately be reached for comment, reports Reuters.

Russia’s relations with the United States have soured since Moscow annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.

Since then the United States and other Western countries have imposed a wide-range of sanctions against Russian officials, companies and banks.

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