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U.S. demands Russia explain ex-Marine's detention on spy charges -Pompeo

2019-01-02 22:22
The United States wants an explanation of why Russia detained a retired U.S. Marine on spying charges in Moscow and will demand his immediate return if it determines his detention is inappropriate, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday (January 2). Pompeo, in Brasilia for the inauguration of Brazil's new president, said the U.S. government hoped to gain consular access to Paul Whelan within hours. "We've made clear to the Russians our expectation that we will learn more about the charges, come to understand what it is he's been accused of and if the detention is not appropriate, we will demand his immediate return," Pompeo said.