'He was caught red-handed, ' Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday during a news conference.
Russian Federation on Wednesday dismissed as ridiculous reports questioning whether U.S. President Donald Trump has acted as an agent for Russian Federation as controversy mounted over his alleged ties to the Kremlin.
He also said Mr Whelan's brother was in Moscow and had been briefed about prison conditions, but David Whelan told Reuters on Tuesday such reports were "false". "This right is under attack from Congress and this doesn't make these attacks constitutional or less illegal".
The aide said Russia's relations with the US were "at rock bottom" and "nothing has happened in the context of developing them".
Mr Trump said this week he never worked for Russian Federation.
Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, similarly derided media reports of Trump's possible promotion of Russian interests. Ushakov snapped when asked if Trump was a Russian agent. "It's quite obvious that the situation is absurd", Mr Lavrov said about the U.S. probe.
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If the shutdown lasts a full month, the quarterly GDP would shrink by half a percent, according to the White House. But only 21 of the executive residence's 79 employees were considered essential and had to show up to work.
Lavrov charged that the US refusal to consider the Russian offer to have a close look at the missile reflects Washington's intention to abandon the INF treaty. Russia has said Tokyo must first recognize Russian sovereignty over the islands in order for any progress to be made in peace talks.
Whelan, a former U.S. Marine, was arrested in Moscow last month on suspicion of espionage.
Lavrov, who was speaking at a separate news conference, noted that a probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller has produced no evidence of Trump's collusion with Russian Federation.
Lavrov promised USA diplomats can make a second visit to the detainee, and an Irish diplomat will also be visiting him soon.
Lavrov charged that the US refusal to consider the Russian offer to have a close look at the missile reflects Washington's intention to abandon the INF treaty.
Mr Lavrov insisted that Moscow was not taking any sides over Britain's exit from the EU.
Regarding Moscow's demand that Tokyo accept the results of the war, including its claimed sovereignty over the islands, Lavrov said Russian Federation is just calling on Japan to act in accordance with its obligations including under the U.N. Charter.