December 31, 2018 / 3:45 PM / 8 months ago

Russia has notified U.S. it detained a U.S. citizen - State Dept. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia has formally notified the United States that it has detained a U.S. citizen, according to a State Department official on Monday, who also said the United States has requested consular access to the person.

Russia’s FSB state security service said on Monday it had detained an American citizen suspected of spying in Moscow and had opened a criminal case against him.

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Writing by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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