The Kremlin said on Wednesday the idea that U.S. President Donald Trump could have worked for Russian Federation was stupid.
His family claim that he is innocent and that he was in Moscow to attend a wedding.
Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday Jan. 5, 2019, is brushing back suggestions that an American being held in Moscow on suspicion of spying could be exchanged for a Russian.
Lavrov promised USA diplomats can make a second visit to the detainee, and an Irish diplomat will also be visiting him soon.
The foreign minister said Whelan will be facing spying charges, which could lead to 20-years in prison.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denied on Wednesday that Moscow was imposing an ultimatum on Japan in talks to end a decadeslong territorial dispute, but called on Tokyo to recognize the results of World War II.
"He was detained at the moment he was carrying out specific illegal actions in his hotel". But Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that David Whelan was not at their capital, according to state news agency Interfax.
The same source was quoted as saying that Whelan had been spying for 10 years using the internet to identify targets from whom he could obtain information and that the employee list he was caught with had always been of interest to US spies.
Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, said the U.S. had failed to fully consider Russian proposals to save the pact and prevent a new arms race in Europe.
On Wednesday he said that, as well as the islands dispute, Japan's pro-Western position was also harming relations between Moscow and Tokyo.
Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday dismissed a report that President Trump is working on behalf of the Kremlin and accused the USA news media and Congress of trying to sabotage his administration.
"Based on yesterday's discussions and corresponding rhetoric today, we see no indication that Russian Federation would choose compliance", Thompson told reporters.
He said that Russian Federation made the offer during talks in Geneva earlier this week 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. "This right is under attack from Congress and this doesn't make these attacks constitutional or less illegal".
"We are still far not only from being partners in worldwide relations but also in finding constructive ways to make our relations better", Lavrov said.
Mr Lavrov also scoffed at the charges levelled against Mr Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, saying that he only talked to the Russian ambassador in a bid to protect United States interests.