Russian Federation says it caught accused US Marine spying red-handed

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Mr Whelan, who also holds British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained by Russia's Federal Security Service on December 28.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono held talks about the territorial dispute with Lavrov in Moscow on Monday and Shinzo Abe is to have discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin on January 22.

A top Kremlin aide today dismissed as ridiculous claims that US President Donald Trump has acted as an agent for Russian Federation amid mounting controversy over his alleged ties to Moscow.

"These are not pre-conditions, it's just an effort to understand why Japan is the only country in the world which can not say: 'I accept the results of World War II in their entirety, '" Lavrov told a news conference. "This right is under attack from Congress and this doesn't make these attacks constitutional or less illegal".

The U.S. Embassy did not immediately comment.

Trump said this week that he never worked for Russian Federation and repeated his claim that an ongoing investigation of his ties to Russian Federation was a hoax.

President Vladimir Putin's foreign policy advisor Yuri Ushakov told a briefing after a journalist if Trump was a Russian agent.

Asked whether the Kremlin had influenced the transparency of Trump's talks with Putin, he expressed disgust that US journalists were even covering the issue.

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Lavrov said the investigation into Whelan continued and his detention was not motivated by any desire to try to exchange him for Russian citizens held in the United States.

Russia's foreign minister says that the US has ignored Moscow's proposal to inspect a Russian missile that Washington says has violated a nuclear arms treaty.

He said that Russian Federation made the offer during talks in Geneva, but the USA negotiators stonewalled the proposal, repeating Washington's demand that Russian Federation destroys the 9M729 missile it claimed violated the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

Whelan, 48, of Novi, Michigan, a former U.S. Marine, was arrested in Moscow last month on suspicion of espionage. He said the US negotiators stonewalled the offer, repeating Washington's demand that Russian Federation destroys the weapon it claimed violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

Mr Lavrov insisted that Moscow was not taking any sides over Britain's exit from the EU.

Lavrov said Russian Federation actually prefers a united European Union to a news conference earlier today.

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.

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